University Medical Centre Maribor is a public health institution and provides health care at the secondary and tertiary level. UKC Maribor is one of the largest medical institutions in Slovenia and at the same time the most important medical institution in northeastern Slovenia. There are more than 3,000 employees in the hospital, of which approximately 530 are specialist doctors and specialists in various fields, and almost 1,500 are employed in nursing. In addition to clinical work, UKC Maribor also has a developed research activity, as it has appropriately qualified personnel who can develop project content. Employed researchers are involved in many international clinical studies, as well as in international consortia in projects financed by EU funds. 

The University of Maribor is a higher education institution that represents the central educational institution in eastern Slovenia. The partner institution, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Maribor (MF UM) was founded in 2003. The school is built on the principles of introducing innovative teaching methodology into the curriculum in Southeast Europe. Faculty focus on student involvement in curriculum development, peer learning, and clinical skills simulations to enhance the skills of medical students and graduates. Through its work, MF UM reaches approximately 1,000 students/graduates and employees in medical education, with whom it communicates and develops innovations in medical education. Until now, the faculty has already implemented intensive pedagogical programs, such as IP Erasmus for teaching clinical skills. 

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is Norway’s largest university with more than 42,000 students. The university has a high level of internationalization, as more than 30% of teachers and researchers are foreigners. The proportion of employed women is 42%. The faculty hosts Nobel laureates prof. May-Britt and Prof. Edvard Moser. The institution is also the recipient of many prestigious European and national project funds. In cooperation with the hospital St. Olav Faculty is the largest institution for the education of medical personnel in Norway. NTNU is involved in many interdisciplinary collaborations, and the Department of Mental Health (IPH) represents the most important contact point of the EMPOWER FOR 21 project.