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The University of Pisa is a prestigious modern centre of teaching and advanced research. It offers 60 undergraduate and 74 postgraduate degree programmes, in all the main areas of knowledge and advanced, professional education. The University has 28 doctoral programmes; it also offers 68 third cycle specialisation programmes and 88 special short specialisation programmes of further education at the first and second cycle levels, including an MBA. Research and teaching are combined in all fields and levels.

The University has participated in numerous scientific, mobility and capacity building projects. It is actively involved in Erasmus centralised actions and projects including Intensive Programmes, Curriculum Development programmes, Thematic and Academic Networks. The School of Engineering offers a wide range of curricula, including Biomedical Engineering which is its most popular and successful degree course. Most of the research activities in Biomedical Engineering are carried out at Research Center “E.Piaggio”. The Engineering Departments are involved in a continuous activity of technology transfer towards small and medium enterprises, with a turnover of 10M€ annually. Further, a number of international companies outsource research activities to the laboratories hosted by the Engineering Area. The School of Engineering runs more than 40 international research projects, mostly supported by the European Commission (5M€ annually), 5 European networks of excellence including the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN) and numerous mobility and placement programmes.

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The School of Technology and Health (STH)-KTH is one of the nine Schools that constitute KTH. STH is one of the biggest Schools within KTH in the area of undergraduate education, and is the main centre for Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering programs at KTH. The School is located in the south part of the Stockholm area with two education campuses situated in Haninge and Flemingsberg. The number of undergraduate students is around 1,500, and the number of employees is about 130. The profile of STH is technology across the borders of engineering and medicine in a broad sense, including technical research of importance to medical applications and health care in its widest meaning.

Apart from undergraduate programs STH offers research and postgraduate studies in its own research topic, which is called Technology and Health. Today the schools have eight research departments and two research centres within the subject. The school closely cooperates with Karolinska Medical University (www.ki.se) and Swedish Red Cross University College. The school also has a Center for Technology in Medicine and Health, CTMH that conducts programme of the strategic innovation programme MedTech 4 Health, which has been granted several million Euro funding from Vinnova for future calls within medical engineering.

The strength of STH lies in its natural contact surface with healthcare, Karolinska Institutet and medical research. As a result of the new building which is being constructed, will allow to be in a campus area where everything is integrated. Then we will have taken a step towards an infrastructure which makes it very favourable to establish these connections. Our long-term goal is to develop better diagnostic methods for healthcare which shall be available to more patients. With more advanced technical solutions and methods it shall be easier for doctors to make a diagnosis, even for doctors without a long experience in the field.

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Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is the oldest and largest Spanish technical university, with more than 4.000 faculty members, around 38.000 undergraduate students and 6.000 postgraduates in 21 Schools of study. UPM benefits from the heritage of its Schools: the most ancient ones founded in the 18th Century. Nowadays UPM’s Schools cover most of engineering disciplines, as well as Architecture and Computer Science. Moreover, UPM, as a top quality academic establishment, has a strong commitment to R&D and Innovation, boasting over 225 Research Units and over 10 Research Institutes and Technological Centres, contributing significantly to the international scientific community with high number of journal papers, conference communications and PhD theses.

UPM staff has large experience in research projects participation, both at national and international level. The presence of UPM in the international R&D arena is ensured by its consistent participation in various EU programmes. As UPM participation in the 7th Framework Programme is concerned, the University has taken part in more than 150 European R&D projects with more than 40M€ of funding received from the European Commission. The UPM has been recognized as the Spanish University with the highest number of projects approved and is one of the leading Spanish universities in Horizon2020.

UPM group’s experience in the field of Bioengineering is remarkable and has been linked to research activities in the areas of biodevices / biomedical products development, biomechanics and biomimetics, as well as to teaching tasks (Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering and Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering, within the BioTech UPM Initiative) with subjects such as “Biomechanics”, “Development of Medical Devices”, “Smart Materials in Medical Devices” and “Bioengineering Design”.

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Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) is a center of excellence for the East African Community (EAC) in industrial research. It was awarded this status in late 2013 during a Heads of State Summit held at Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda. The institution is the Ugandan Government's lead agency for industrialization, established by an Act of Parliament of Uganda under the auspices of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC). It is the country's main vehicle for implementing strategies and measures aimed at transforming industry in Uganda. Core activities include value addition and capacity building to promote innovation, translate applied research into practical applications; and technical skills training to deploy technology across the country. The Instrumentation Division is a unit under the Technology Development Center at UIRI and its core activity is the Design and Development of electronic applications in the areas of Healthcare, Agriculture and Energy, Healthcare being a top priority.

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Kenyatta University became a fully-fledged University through the Kenyatta University Act of 1985 with a vision of becoming a dynamic, an inclusive and a competitive centre of excellence in teaching, learning, research and service to humanity. Over the years, the University has witnessed significant expansion of student and staff population, programmes. There has been tremendous physical development especially within the main campus, leading to the establishment of satellite campuses, namely Ruiru, Kitui, Mombasa, Parklands, Nakuru, Nyeri, Kericho, Garissa and City Centre campus. The University has only one college namely Machakos University College. Currently, Kenyatta University has a student population of over 70,000 and staff of over 5,000.

The history of the School of Engineering and Technology has its roots in the Appropriate Technology Centre (ATC), which was created in the early 1980’s to demonstrate the application of physics in solving day-to-day problems in the rural and urban areas of Kenya using locally available resources. The centre was later upgraded and became a Department of Appropriate Technology (DAT) between 1985-2002. In the year 2003, the DAT was renamed department of Engineering and Technology housed under the School of Pure and Applied Science (SPAS). The objective of creating the school was to transform the department of Engineering and Technology to a world class teaching learning and research institution. This would UBORA the School of Engineering and Technology to participate fully in industrial development and to become a key player in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the vision 2030.

Department of Engineering and Technology transformed by restructuring the department within SPAS for efficient and effective management. Restructuring and transformation of the Department of Engineering and Technology, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Department into the School of Engineering and Technology was ratified by the Kenyatta University Senate in the academic year 2007/2008. On 31st may 2011 the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya officially opened the school of engineering complex at the university. The opening of the school marked a major milestone in both the development and enhancement of engineering education at Kenyatta University.

Kenyatta University is the only University in Kenya offering Biomedical Engineering as a degree. This places it at the fore front in terms of teaching, research and building human capital specialised in biomedical engineering. In addition, the University has embarked on the construction of a state-of-the-art Teaching, Research and Referral Hospital with the aim of providing a quality learning and research environment. Kenyatta University hosted the ABEC summer school at the school of engineering and technology, it has a state of the art engineering school with well equipped labs.

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University of Tartu (UT) is Estonia's leading centre of research and training. It preserves the culture of the Estonian people and spearheads the country's reputation in research and provision of higher education. UT belongs to the top 3% of world's best universities.

As Estonia's national university, UT stresses the importance of international co-operation and partnerships with reputable research universities all over the world. The robust research potential of the university is evidenced by the fact that it is the only Baltic university that has been invited to join the Coimbra Group, a prestigious club of renowned research universities. UT includes nine faculties and four colleges. To support and develop the professional competence of its students and academic staff, the university has entered into bilateral co-operation agreements with 64 partner institutions in 23 countries.

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