From 19 to 21 of June 2017, the teachers Tiago Príncipe, representing the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and Panu Karhinen from the Metrpolia University of Aplied Sciences Helsinki had the opportunity to visit the city of Perm, as a tutor visit for the SOCRE project. This project is co-funded by European Union Erasmus+ CBHE grant and consist of partners from Finland, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Russia and Kosovo. The aim of the project is to enhance education in social rehabilitation and management in Russia and Kosovo.
During these three intensive working days, we had the chance to visit and work together with different teams and stakeholders connected to social rehabilitation: we visited three rehabilitation centers or hospital departments; the university of Perm and the Perm Federation Government. Not only it was a very important moment to further raise awareness about the project´s potential and possible impact with the different stakeholders, but also a chance to assess the real contexts in which rehabilitation takes place and work together with the different professionals that deliver the services. Tutoring these different multidisciplinary teams was a very interesting challenge that showed itself very useful and rich in content, despite of the language differences.
After three days we left Perm with the conviction that we contributed to the process of building a more cohese professional network that is willing to incorporate new concepts and methodologies in rehabilitation services, education and policies in the province of Perm.
Our very special thank you to our hosts, that organized this visit not only providing us full access to the rehabilitation field, but also ensuring that work took place in a very friendly and open environment, which facilitates the exchanges of information and knowledge. A special mention to the magnificent rendition of Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky that we had the chance to attend at the State Perm Ballet. A beautiful insight to the cultural richness of Russia and the Russian people.