Season School: Creative solutions for aging populations and their informal caregivers

Hosting Higher Education Institution:
Howest University College of West-Flanders
Institution website:
Monday, 25 June, 2018 to Friday, 29 June, 2018
Registration fee:
See detailed information
Fee reductions/waivers:
Maximum number of participants:
Not limited
Deadline for applying:
Thursday, 31 May, 2018
Accommodation not provided
Contact person details:
Wouter Decock:
Teija Ravelin:

Howest / KAMK 1st International Season School 2018 in elderly care - Creative solutions for aging populations and their informal caregivers

Course title

“Season School: Creative solutions for aging populations and their informal caregivers”

Course period

The first (summer) edition will take place from 25th till 29th June, 2018.

Language of instruction


Context & history

Since the academic year 2014-2015, a strategic partnership between Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (Kajaani, Finland) and Howest University of Applied Sciences (Bruges, Belgium) has been established. It was a great opportunity for both Nursing Departments from KAMK (Kajaanin Ammattikorkeakoulu) and Howest to share their expertise in innovating teaching strategies. 

Last academic year, in KAMK, the idea came up to organize a summer school about elderly care. For the Howest Nursing Department, it was a big honor to be invited as a partner for this project. The Season School will alternate between Bruges (Howest) and Finland (KAMK):

 Summer Edition: at Howest (25-29th June, 2018)

 Winter Edition: at KAMK (February, 2019)

The course combines innovative education and playful learning with recreational activities in the best parts of Kajaani during wintertime and in the best parts of Bruges during summertime.

Course Structure and Teaching Methods

The course starts with a pre-reading assignment, followed by key theories, tools and concepts within the framework of creative solutions for aging populations and their informal caregivers. The following 1-week on campus course includes intense group and case work. As part of the final assessment, a poster presentation on Friday is included (see schedule below).

Target group

Bachelor in Nursing students, teachers and professional nurses are the main target group. Secondary, other paramedic (bachelor) students, teachers and professionals (occupational therapy, applied health sciences, applied psychology, social work) can join/contribute to the event as well.

Preliminary Schedule

See attachment. This schedule is subject to changes and will be published soon on the Howest website. The program is based on three main topics:

1. Smart solutions in elderly care

2. Creative interventions in dementia care

3. Stimulating resilience for informal caregivers


On the Friday, there will be a poster presentation, prepared by mixed teams of students and assessed by the teachers. Students can pass or fail, but a constructive collaboration will be rewarded with a pass.

Application Procedure

Soon, there will be an online registration link. Deadline for registration is Thursday 31th May 2018.

Tuition Fee

For international students and for teachers who contribute by giving a presentation or a workshop, there is no tuition fee.

For professionals who like to attend without contributing, the prices are:

- Whole week: 300 euros

- Only one day (26th, 27th or 28th June 2018): 100 euros

- Two days (26th and 27th, 27th and 28th, or 26 and 28th June 2018): 200 euros

Accommodation and travel costs

All participants have to manage their own accommodation and travel costs. We will ask the Nursing students from Howest – especially those who will be attending the Season School – if they are willing to host the foreign students.


The first Summer Edition of the Season School (25 – 29th June 2018) will take place in Howest, campus Rijselstraat (address: Rijselstraat 5, 8000 Bruges).

Detailed information

More detailed information on the Summer Edition will be published soon on the website of Howest.

More detailed information on the Winter Edition will be published soon on the website of KAMK.

Contact Information

Teija Ravelin:

Wouter Decock: