Established in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of the major German foundations associated with a private company. It represents the philanthropic and social endeavors of Robert Bosch (1861-1942) and fulfills his legacy in a contemporary manner. The Robert Bosch Stiftung works predominantly in the fields of international relations, health and education.
The University Hospital of Cologne offers maximum medical care. In 59 specialist clinics and clinical institutes more than 6.800 co-workers apply their knowledge and demonstrate respect for their patients’ individuality. The University Hospital Cologne takes a prominent position in Research and Teaching. In 1983, the first unit for palliative care in Germany was established here.
The Nicolaus Copernicus University (NCU) in Torun was established in 1945. It is the largest university in northern Poland and is outstanding in terms of academic potential, courses of study on offer, forms of education, and number of students. The NCU is composed of 20 faculties (incuding three faculties of Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz).
Hospice Casa Sperantei is the largest non-governmental medical charity in Romania. It has been active in the field of palliative care since 1992 and was designated in 2003 as CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE and model for palliative care services and education in Central-Eastern Europe and Asia. In over 20 years of activity, it has provided free-of-charge palliative care services to over 12,500 adults and children. Since 1997 HOSPICE Casa Sperantei has been promoting palliative care at national and regional level, by education programmes, information and advocacy. Over 14,000 professionals from Romania and 18 countries in the region have attended education programmes in palliative care.
King’s College London is one of the top 30 universities in the world (2012/2013 QS international world rankings), the Sunday Times ‘University of the Year 2010/11’ and the fourth oldest in England. A research-led university based in the heart of London, it has more than 24,000 students (of whom nearly 10,000 are graduate students) from 150 countries and more than 6,100 employees. The Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care opened in May 2010, the result of a partnership between the King’s College London and the charity Cicely Saunders International.
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The European Association for Palliative Care is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) recognised by the Council of Europe which represents 51 national palliative care associations from 31 countries in Europe and 47 countries worldwide (with a membership of over 80,000 professionals). Its mission is to ‘bring together many voices to forge a vision of excellence in palliative care that meets the needs of patients and their families. It strives to develop and promote palliative care in Europe through information, education and research using multi-professional collaboration, while engaging with stakeholders at all levels.’