The ITSHEC project –
Integration of Transversal Skills into Health and Social care, Higher Education and the Curriculum – aims to improve the training of healthcare and social services professionals in transversal skills throughout the undergraduate and postgraduate training journey. ITSHEC is co-funded by the Erasmus+ project of the European Union. 

The key competencies that will be addressed are critical and creative thinking, interpersonal/socio-emotional and citizen-oriented skills and learning to learn. These transversal skills are crucial to lifelong learning and continuing professional development (CPD). Additionally, they are essential to promote active and involved European citizenship in civic and social life and will support improvements in a sustainable working environment.



The main objective of this project is to design, pilot, implement and evaluate teaching-learning strategies for undergraduate and postgraduate training that aim to address learning outcomes based on the aforementioned Transversal Skills. 

In addition, the innovation and creation of these educational strategies have two specific objectives: 

1) To promote the development of transversal skills in Higher Education students, using innovative educational strategies, such as Virtual Reality. 

2) To train teachers to teach, guide and accompany the acquisition of Transversal Skills in undergraduate and postgraduate training.


The teaching-learning strategies that we aim to design, pilot and implement are:

1) Methodological guide: This guide will include Pedagogical framework in which transversal skills are defined and levels of skills development are established and the most appropriate and innovative teaching-learning strategies to support the development of transversal skills, including an evaluative framework. 

2) Toolkit with educational resources to work on transversal skills.

3) Virtual reality tools, materials and educational resources to work on transversal skills. 

The added value of Transnational Cooperation

The added value of carrying out the project with transnational cooperation is placing in dialogue different experiences and educative traditions which, starting from different contexts, share the challenge of training healthcare and social care professionals in transversal skills. Consequently, the consortium has been built to foster the exchange of experience and know-how between different types of organizations such as Health Education Institutions, Public Services providers and an Immersive Training company. 


The ITSHEC Community 

We firmly believe that improving students’ Transversal Skills not only enables them to become better professionals but also creates a more united community, and strengthens and humanizes the doctor-patient relationship.

This is why, through the development of this project, we are in strong communication and cooperation with health education professionals, teachers and trainers, students, patients and service user associations, professionals and professional associations and the scientific community. It is crucial for the project’s values and mission to take into account all these voices, in order to design and implement the optimal solutions



The partners

ITSHEC is a transnational cooperation project between health, higher education and pedagogical innovation institutions. Here you can learn more about our roles in this project and about our expertise and background

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Founded in 1990, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) is a public university based in Barcelona that is highly competitive in research and aims to transform education to respond to future challenges. In a context of major global challenges, UPF has undertaken an imperative commitment as a university institution: to help find solutions for the main challenges facing humanity and the planet, which are set out in the Planetary Wellbeing initiative.

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Escola Superior D’infermeria del Mar

The Escola Superior d’Infermeria del Mar (ESIMar Nursing School) is a higher education institution focused on Nursing, both at undergraduate and graduate university levels. Our goal is to train sensible professionals committed to people’s care and Public Health. The school is affiliated to the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and belongs to the Parc de Salut Mar, a group of associated institutions linked to the Catalonian Public Health system.

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Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Within the field of health care and social services, Metropolia UAS provides Finland’s largest offering with 43 Bachelor’s (of which six in English) and 26 Master’s degree (of which six in English). Our extensive education trains experts for almost all professions in its field in Finland. Cooperation in the Helsinki metropolitan area with the major social and health care stakeholders produces new product innovations, operational models, methods, environments, tools and services in addition to knowledge.

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UNIST - University of Split

The University of Split, UNIST (established in 1974) is a comprehensive scientific and teaching institution, consisting of 11 Faculties, 1 Academy of Arts and 4 Departments. There are around 20,000 students enrolled in its undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programmes. The University of Split (UNIST) has a strong research and teaching group in research methodology, research ethics/integrity, and evidence-based medicine. 

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Immersium Studio

Immersium Studio is a team of Pedagogues, Communicators, Technologists and Creatives, specialized in immersive education. We create unique Virtual and Augmented Reality (XR) training experiences, accompanying institutions in the improvement and acceleration of their students or employees training. We are the only european company specialized in immersive interactive 360 video training, and our pedagogical rigour is garantized because of the fact we are a spin-off of the Open University of Catalonia.

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