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Thomas More University College, Belgium

Thomas More has a rich history in the field of fluency disorders. It has done pioneering work in implementing cognitive, behavioral techniques in the treatment of fluency disorders and in developing Flemish validated instruments. Thomas More provides 2 experts in the field of Fluency and Fluency Disorders, both having experience in teaching courses on Fluency and Fluency Disorders at SLT department and in working with patients with fluency disorders. The SLT department currently coordinates a network on speech and language therapy of 17 departments in 11 countries in Europe. Within this network they act as coordinator of a Socrates Intensive Program, where the venue alters each year, involving 100 students and 30 staff members. They also coordinated an Interreg III - EU commission program on "Cross border accreditation standards for SLT programs in Flanders and the Netherlands." Thomas More has been member of a Tempus project and of a Thematic Network on Speech Communication Sciences, coordinated by University of Utrecht and since more than 10 years Lessius implements academic exchange programs in all departments.

Website: www.thomasmore.be

University of Leuven, Belgium

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurosciences - Speech Language Pathology and Audiology (SLPA) is a member of the SLT network. KULeuven (SLPA) participated in the Interreg III-EU commission program on "Cross border accreditation standards for SLT programs in Flanders and the Netherlands". Within the framework of the Bologna declaration, KULeuven collaborates with KHBO Bruges and Lessius Antwerp, as an educational association. Staff members of the KULeuven (SLPA) contribute to the international Master after Master "Master in artificial intelligence option speech and language technology". KULeuven (SLPA) has an educational program with several guest professors of the Netherlands (Nijmegen and Utrecht) and Canada (Toronto). The many international research projects in the Lab for Experimental Oto-rhino-laryngology (ExpORL) are resources for a state-of-the-art educational SLPA-program (projects in collaboration with Cambridge, Pretoria, Toronto, Austin, Fullerton, Lyon, Aachen, Adelaide).
Website: www.kul.be

University College Vives Noord, Belgium

Katholieke Hogeschool VIVES Noord, department of Health care - Bachelor programme in speech languagetherapy and audiology is one of the oldest educational programme in SLT inBelgium. Together with Lessius Hogeschool they are member of the Associationaround the Catholic University of Leuven. Within this association they groupthree SLT educational programmes. Two of them are BA programmes, University ofLeuven offers MA degree. They are involved in the SLT network, co-ordinated byLessius Hogeschool. KHBO developed Erasmus activities through participation inintensive programmes, ECTS implementation and academic exchange programmes inall departments.
Website: www.vives.be

Artevelde University College, Belgium

Arteveldehogeschool Gent has a rich history in the field of fluency disorders and provides 2 experts in the field of Fluency Disorders, all having experience in teaching courses on Fluency and Fluency Disorders at SLT department, at post graduate level and in working with clients of all ages with fluency disorders. Over the years, many renowned fluency experts have given courses and workshop in the field of fluency disorders at SLT department. The department of Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology has a lot of experience at the national and transnational level. At the trans-national level there is since many years the participation in the Erasmus program. AHS as a whole has a 12 years experience with international projects, both as a coordinator and partner, in the framework of the Socrates program (Erasmus, Comenius, Grundtvig, Minerva) and the Leonardo da Vinci Program. AHS is an institution of tertiary education which is associated with the University of Gent. Legally AHS has the status of anon-profit organisation and belongs to the subsidized private education. AHS fully adopted ECTS in all its study programs. AHS has at the moment 936 staff members and more then 8000 students.
Website: www.arteveldehs.be

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College Dublin was founded in1592, and is the oldest university in Ireland. At present there are over 14,000students and 1,200 staff members working on the College campus. The Dept ofClinical Speech & Language Studies has 7 fulltime staff, 125 undergraduatestudents and post-graduate students engaged in taught specialist courses incommunication disorders and dysphagia, and MSc and PhD programmes by research.It is part of the School of Linguistic, Speech & Communication Sciences, witha staff of 40 who have a wide range of specialist expertise in teaching andresearch in the fields of language, speech and communication studies. The School also has a fully equipped Speech Laboratory. Members of staff inClinical Speech & Language Studies have been involved with Socrates studentand staff mobility for many years, and have been coordinating members of the Erasmus Thematic Network on Speech Communication Sciences, currently involving 17departments in 11 countries in Europe. Staff of the dept have been involved with the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics for many years, and continue to serve as committee members on its Board.
Website: www.tcd.ie

RWTH - Aachen University, Germany 

RWTH Aachen University - Studiengang Lehr- und Forschungslogopädie and School of Logopedics at the University Clinic Aachen provides two experts in the field of Fluency Disorders. The practical education in the School of Logopedics includes the clinical supervision of fluency therapy which is obligatory for all students. Both of the experts have a long-term experience in teaching methods and published about assessment and therapy on Fluency Disorders. The School of Logopedics in Aachen developed the new curricula for SLT education in North-Rhine-Westfalia, including the curriculum module for Fluency Disorders, which leads to a state diploma for SLT. The RWTH Aachen University - Studiengang Lehr- und Forschungslogopädie offers a diploma for research and lecturing in logopedics (Bachelor-Master program of Speech and Language Therapy from winter term 2007/08), a partner in the network of the Socrates Program, provides one expertwith a priority for Fluency Disorders. He is a lecturer in the Studiengang Lehr- und Forschungslogopädie for an intensifying seminar in Fluency Disorders. Besides his work as a lecturer he supervises students in their research projects in the field of Fluency and Fluency Disorders.
Website: www.rwth.de

Gothenburg University, Sweden 

Gothenburg University College was established in 1891 and is a traditional European university with 64 departments and has the most comprehensive prospectus of degree programs and courses in Sweden. These courses are based largely on the research being done in the faculties. The University also offers the largest overall choice inSweden of advanced courses in fine and applied arts. Today, Göteborg University has about 40 000 students, a staff of well over four thousand, and almost as many part-time teachers. The work of the University is carried out at the level of the departments, each of which is responsible for teaching and research within a specified area of study. The proximity of departments to one another helps promote interdisciplinary cooperation. Research at the Department has traditionally been focused on structurally and neurologically based speech disorders. However, major projects are also being developed in the areas of communicative behaviours and evaluation of intensive stuttering therapy. Equal emphasis is being put on assessment and treatment of these communicative disorders. The Department has a range in instrumentation for acoustic analysis, used to characterise different aspects of voice, articulation, and nasalization.
Website: www.gu.se 

University of Malta, Malta

University of Malta provides 1expert in the field of Fluency Disorders, who has experience in teaching courses on Fluency and Fluency Disorders at SLT department and in working withpatients with fluency disorders. He has carried out research related to fluency disorders in partial fulfilment of his postgraduate studies. The Communication Therapy Division has been coordinating a FP6 Marie Curie TOK project, to be completed in 2008 and hasparticipated in a Socrates Intensive Program (IP) since 2000 and hosted one of these IP's in 2004. The Communication Therapy Division has been participating in Socrates student and staff mobility since 2000, ever since Malta was eligible to participate and they are a member of a Thematic Networkon Speech Communication Sciences. They have submitted a Tempus JEP project proposal that is currently being evaluated. The Communication Therapy Division will also provide 1 expert in local, and trans-national co-operation projects.
Website: www.um.edu.mt

University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, The Netherlands  

HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (HU) is a university of applied sciences. Our graduates are fully qualified to practise their profession without further study, licensing or registration with a professional association. In addition, their diploma qualifies them for admission to several types of further study. HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht is the third largest university of applied sciences in the Netherlands. We offer our 37,000 students a wide range of courses spread within nine principal themes, e.g. Education and Pedagogics, Life Sciences and Chemistry, Lifestyle and Health. Most of our over 80 programmes lead to a Bachelor's degree, some lead to a Master's degree. The Bachelor's programmes require a minimum of four years of study; the Master's programmes take between one and two years. Several of these programmes are in English.
To prepare students for their future career, international programmes have some unique aspects: Competence-based education to provide excellent professional skills, Individual supervision and a limited numbers of students per group, International experience: Study Abroad, and Work experience at international companies.
Website: www.hu.nl

University of Turku, Finland

The University of Turku is one of the leading universities in Finland, and is an ambitious, research-led university with seven faculties and internationally acknowledged expertise from humanities to medicine and natural sciences. The University is recognized for the quality of teaching, research and excellent student support services.  The University is a member of the Coimbra Group, a network of prestigious universities in Europe. Total enrolment of students is 21,000 and each year about 1,000 international students study at the University. Most of them participate in English-language programmes or at the doctoral level in research projects. Even though the main language of instruction is Finnish, 15 International Master's Degree Programmes are available in English and each Faculty offers courses in English to both non-degree and degree students.
Logopedics, i.e. speech and language therapy (SLT), a multidisciplinary science in the  department of  behavioural sciences and philosophy, is taught as a major subject at the University of Turku, and thus provides postgraduate research training. The intake of new students is 10 every year.  Logopedics at the University of Turku acts in close collaboration with psychology, and that characterizes our discipline in many ways, both at the level of curriculum and the research. Cognitive psychology is an essential part in our studies and we also have good possibilities to use the facilities of the Research Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience. On the other hand, we work in close collaboration with the University Hospital of Turku, and the local health care centres in municipalities. We also act as an active partner in a large cohort study, STEPS to Children´s Healthy Development and Wellbeing (1800 families recruited to multidisciplinary follow-up study from the pregnancy up to the early adolescence). Almost all of the research projects in Logopedics are multidisciplinary.  Main research areas in Logopedics are related to 1) Neurocognitive basis of speech and language acquisition and processing (more specifically central auditory processing) 2) Early language acquisition, 3) Intervention (based on music, rhythm and computer programs). 4) cognitive neuropsychology, assessment and treatment of aphasia, and 4) speech fluency.
Website: www.utu.fi/en

ESSA University College, Portugal

The Escola Superior de Saúde do Alcoitãois a private higher education institute established by a charity institution - Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa responsible for the graduation and master degree on Speech and Language Therapy (SLT), Occupational therapy and Physiotherapy. The SLT degree at ESSA started in 1968 and it is the former SLT education in Portugal. The graduation degree is a four years full time degree (240 ECTS) and the post graduation (Master degree) is 90 ECTS. Legally only at the end of 4 years the SLT can be a professional. ESSA has taught the SLT education to the highest international standards and has maintained regular contacts with its counterpart establishments at international level, specifically in Europe. ESSA is a founding member of CPLOL and also a partner at NetQues (Network for Tuning Standards & Quality of Education Programs for SLT in Europe).
ESSA ERASMUS  for SLT students mobility started in 2007 until nowadays with Spain (Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca e Fundació Univeristária de Bages) and Belgium (Lessius Hogeschool)
Website: www.essa.pt/default.aspx