CZ: Univerzita Karlova V Praze
Univerzita Karlova V Praze, or Charles University in Prague (CUNI), was founded in 1348 and is one of the world's oldest universities. The university has more than 7,500 employees, 4,000 of these being academic and research staff. Over 51,000 students are studying at CUNI (which is roughly a sixth of all students in the Czech Republic), in more than 300 accredited degree programmes and 660 study disciplines. More than 18,000 are studying in bachelor's programmes, 25,000 in master's programmes and more than 7,000 in doctoral programmes. Since 1998, the University has been active in the LLP Erasmus (former Socrates/Erasmus) European programme with a steadily growing number of student and teacher exchanges. Today Charles University has signed more than 1500 bilateral agreements with 563 partner universities. The Clinic of Addictology (CA) is part of the 1st Medical Faculty of Charles University Prague and of General Teaching Hospital in Prague. CA´s core activities: i) College tuition; ii) Research and development (of new approaches in prevention, treatment, and social reintegration of those affected); and iii) the creation of lifelong learning for professionals in the field. CA employs a multidisciplinary team of experts - representatives of the various scientific disciplines and research approaches. CA is ‘centre of excellence’ for teaching; it´s teaching provision includes a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in addictology, Ph.D. degree in addictology. Besides the classical medical subjects (psychiatry, epidemiology, neuroscience, psychopathology and psychopharmacology, etc.) students also study a variety of other subjects such as psychology, foundations of law, social work and politics, cultural and social anthropology, psychotherapy, criminology, education and project management. Past research and development projects have explored new approaches in prevention, treatment and the harm reduction. CA has wide experience with quantitative and qualitative research in the field of substance abuse. The CA is experienced in development implementation, field work, evaluation and dissemination of Czech national Prevention Standards of Primary Prevention and the National Certification Guidelines. CA actively collaborates with The Czech National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (National Focal Point; NFP), national and local authorities as well as with wide range of professionals in the field. CA participated in various international development and research projects, e.g. funded by EC project EUDAP2 „Implementation of European Drug Addiction Prevention trial at a population level“ (A/790627) or “EUDAP FACULTY” (JLS/2007/DPIP-1/21), or “European Family Empowerment: Improving family skills to prevent alcohol and drug related problems” (JLS/2008/DPIP/AG/112 30-CE-0312762/00-34). In many cases, the team at the Centre combine their expertise on aiming to improve the understanding of the causes of various forms of risk and dependent behaviour and the importance and impact of the measures of prevention, treatment, harm reduction and law enforcement in relation to these forms of behaviour. Emphasis is placed on evaluating the quality and effectiveness of implemented measures and interventions, and drug policy and drug prevention services. In the area of the Lifelong Learning CA staff is involved in implementing development projects. This has included the accreditation and implementation of distance and e-learning studies, the expansion of a Master's or Doctorate and preparing short-term specialized courses for personnel of various professions in the field Addictology.
Primary role in the project
CUNI’s role in the project will be to lead on the delivery of WP6 (The development of the Quality Plan). CUNI have been selected to lead on this work package because of their experience within the LLP programme, and their high standing in the European Prevention Science Academic Community. CUNI’s core Prevention Science Academics will work closely with their International Office in implementing this WP and will also form a Quality Planing Group to oversee its implementation. In common with all the partners in this project, they will also input into WP2, WP3 and WP7, to ensure they actively input into the Dissemination, Networking and Virtual Networking elements of the project, to ensure the effective sharing of best practice and the successful dissemination of the results. In order to ensure this project is managed appropriately, CUNI will actively cooperate with the lead partner and will consult the content, goals, objectives and methodology of the proposed activities, most of which will be accepted mutually. CU possesses extensive experience of managing similar projects.In addition, the Clinic of Addictology will establish a Quality Planning Group (comprising P1, P5, P7, P11, P19, P23 and P27) who will be responsible for preparing and overseeing the implementation of the Quality Plan. In order to ensure these partners, and the wider partners inputs are well planned, CUNI will develop a WP implementation plan, setting out clear roles, responsibilities and timelines for the project activities.