21st Century Skills for Healthcare Professionals

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This multi-professional course is intended for students in nursing, physiotherapy, medicine, allied health care workers, and many others fields, who want to develop new skills and work in an international context. The course is organised by the Institute for Nursing Studies and the Institute for Physiotherapy, UASU Utrecht. We will focus on themes as rehabilitation, technology, mental and social health, innovation and designing. These topics will be discussed in a multi-disciplinary working environment.

Note: We are very grateful that we received so many applications from Singapore. To ensure the intercultural learning experiences, we highly recommend further students from Singapore to apply for one of our other healthcare courses.

Nurses, physiotherapists and all kinds of healthcare workers must deal with the challenges of a continuously changing world. From an international point of view, we notice global similarities and differences. Universal topics like 21st century skills (using new technologies), leadership, intercultural competences, nutrition and polypharmacy are all connected to health topics.

In this changing world, we are facing more and more complex diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and occurrence of pain. The prevalence and incidence are also increasing rapidly. These diseases and conditions occur more and more in combination to each other. Approximately one patient with one type of cardiovascular disease has 3,8 other diseases at the same time. 

In this interdisciplinary working environment and intercultural context, we challenge students to experience elements of their own lifestyle and to combine this with their role as healthcare professionals. This course is very interactive and includes visits to healthcare institutes and technology labs.

Day-to-day programme (PDF)
Course director
Dr. Thijs van Houwelingen, RN


  • Dr. Thijs van Houwelingen, Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer in Nursing, Institute for Nursing Studies
  • Jasmin Pekaric, MFt, Senior lecturer in Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation and Healthcare Innovation, Institute for Human Movement Studies
  • Edwin Hagenbeek MSc, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Director International Affairs, Institute for Nursing Studies

Aim of the course

Equipping students with appropriate competencies for the healthcare challenges in the 21st century, using new technologies and new biological, mental and social perspectives.

Study load

Two weeks of lectures, workshops and visits (in total 60 hours), self-study (20 hours). Prior to the start of the summer school, students will have an assignment. An assessment will follow at the end (10 hours).


Course fee:
Student fee:
Student fee
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School
Extra information about the fee
  • The fee for professionals, both foreign and Dutch is €950
  • Students receive a €300 discount.
  • Hogeschool Utrecht students pay €50 (receive a €900 discount)

Please do not make your payment before the discount has been added.


Extra application information

Please include in your motivation if you are a student and are eligible for one of the discounts.

Students from Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (HU) must also subscribe at HU Osiris-site to gain the 3 EC.

More information

Thijs van Houwelingen | E: thijs.vanhouwelingen@hu.nl | T: 0031-6-41097762


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
01 May 2022