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Participants in the two-week Una Europa One Health Summer School worked with academics to examine the interrelated health of people, animals, plants and the environment.

Edinburgh is the first of the partners of Una Europa – a collaboration of 11 research-intensive European institutions – to host the summer school.

Ukrainian links
Ukrainian students and staff also participated in the summer school.

It’s part of a partnership between the universities as, earlier this year, Edinburgh signed a memorandum of understanding with Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv as part of a twinning initiative between the UK and the ‘Ukraine.

With the ongoing war in Ukraine, it was a nice surprise to be part of the Una Europa School of Health and I am happy to have the opportunity to share our experiences from home. I met some fantastic people and I feel a connection with everyone on the program. I learned a lot about international health issues and the lectures were great. This experience will stay with me forever and I made friends for life.

Sofia Keilin
Student at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
For one of the workshops, we talked about food security issues in Ukraine and the impact of the war on the country’s grain supply. I think it’s a safe space to talk openly and coming here makes you realize you’re not isolated. This experience has given me and other Ukrainian students the confidence to tell our story. I am grateful to have the chance to be part of this program.

Viktoriia Palahnuik
Student at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Health Solutions
The program has been designed by world-renowned Edinburgh academics in partnership with colleagues from the Una Europa alliance.

Students worked alongside their mentors and researchers on real-world health challenges to find solutions in response to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – a series of goals designed to develop a sustainable future for everyone and the planet by 2030.

They participated in conferences, seminars and group work in key areas such as antimicrobial resistance; food security and safety; pandemic preparedness; and health policy, to inform their research.

At the end of the two weeks, each group presented their work and shared their innovative solutions to address the global “One Health” challenge.

While there, the students also explored Edinburgh in their free time and attended a farewell dinner and ceilidh hosted by the University to celebrate and thank all those who had participated in the programme.

It has been good to see students from different backgrounds and experiences come together and successfully collaborate on global health issues – including a unique perspective on health and food security in Ukraine. It has been extremely rewarding getting to know all of the students on this program and hearing about their personal experiences while in Edinburgh. Equally important are the friendships and lasting bonds that these students have forged.

Professor Lisa Boden
Head of a health school and president of population medicine and veterinary public health policy
Ongoing partnership
Last week, Una Europa secured €14.4 million from the European Commission to set up Una.Universitas, an ambitious four-year project funded by the European Universities Initiative of the Erasmus+ programme.

This follows the success of the 1Europe pilot project, launched in 2019.

Although the University of Edinburgh is no longer eligible for the Erasmus+ funding granted, the University remains a full member of Una Europa and an essential component of Una’s European staff and student community of 500,000.

Our main focus this year is international collaboration and a sense of community. Innovative initiatives such as “One Health” give us the opportunity to learn from each other and express our solidarity. Understanding the lived experiences of colleagues and other students while conducting research and teaching will leave the world a better place. It’s great to see students believing in themselves, dreaming big and building their confidence. They are the leaders of tomorrow.

Professor James Smith
Chairman of the Board of Una Europa and Vice-Principal International at the University of Edinburgh