Education, Health

Real Life Simulation


Who is behind this?

Siegfried Walch

Management Center Innsbruck


Who is joining forces?

Erasmus University Rotterdam


University of Bologna


University of Oslo


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

We are Campus Europe in health economics and management. 4 European cities. 4 top universities. 1 joint Master’s degree.

The motto "soft skills are the new hard skills" is the guideline for the Real Life Simulation in which today's and future health leaders meet and work.

The Real Life Simulation is a transformative learning experience that combines the discussion of real life challenges and the search for its solutions with the experience of intercultural and international cooperation.

Where will your idea take place?

Innsbruck, Austria and other parts of Europe

Why does Europe need your idea?

Global economies need international approaches to obvious societal challenges. Given the shift to the need for a more European cooperation in the social and health sector, it is more important than ever to be prepared to work in an international environment. Whether in public administrations, nonprofit organizations, or other fields, being able to contribute to and lead intercultural teams is of central importance to personal success, organizational sustainability, and European stability.

What is your impact?

To provide a floor that allows future "health leaders"
(1) to explore an area of social- and/or health policy and economics in depth.
(2) to understand the nature of teams in an international and intercultural context and the conditions required for their effectiveness.
(3) to examine the nature and characteristic of interpersonal conflict and to identify and minimize the conditions leading to conflict.
(4) to prepare themselves for an European role or work in an international context.

How do you get there?

The Real Life Simulation (RLS) project includes the following ingredients:

(1) ~40 highly committed students who prepare to enter a career in an international context starting into the RLS in October 2016
(2) Real Life assignments by different organizations in the European social and health sector. Results will be submitted by the end of November 2016
(3) Coaching by a dedicated faculty team from different European universities throughout the whole RLS
(4) Participation of students in different European conferences to network and explore the topics related to the assignments in October 2016 (e.g. the World Health Summit in Berlin).
(5) Reflection of individual experiences and Workshop on "Career & Life Management" to support the participants' next career step in March 2017

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

... for a growing number of future employers of health leaders in national and international organizations and the citizens they serve.

Students from the European Master in Health Economics & Management and MCI's master program International Health & Social Management.

Real Life partner organizations from the European Social and Health Sector.

~10 team members who jointly design and run the RLS

What makes your idea stand apart?

Together the following aspects are unique:

Combining the training of hard skills and soft skills in a practice context and to prepare future leaders for serving citizens in an intercultural and international context.

Combining academic education with a real life experiences in a program run by four universities from four different European countries.

Bridging future graduates into their careers by providing real life contacts with representatives from different practice organizations.

€ 48000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 78000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

20.000 € for 40 students visiting different European conferences to build their personal professional Network and to Research within the Real Life Simulation 20.000 € for travel and accomodation for 8 faculty members & 6 project Partners from the European social and health sector 11.000 € personnel costs (project managment) 10.000 € fees and honoraries for coaching & teaching 8.000 € for public relations, including elements like business cards for students visiting international conferences

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

The topics for the Real Life Simulation will a result from a discussion with actors in the social and health sector. Please share with us real life challenges that you would like to be discussed and developed into possible solutions by future health leaders trained in health economics, policy and management.


siegfried walch

Idea created on March 9, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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