PUDUCHERRY: Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV), Deemed University, accredited with A grade by the NAAC has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IMC University of Applied Sciences, Austria, in the field of Music Therapy with a goal of internationalising its educational and research activities, promoting student exchange programs, collaborating research projects in music therapy besides introducing a collaborative Masters’ and PhD program in Medical Music Therapy.
IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems has so far established 27 music therapy programs in all the hospitals of Austria and is funded by the Austrian Government.
All the programs are established under the federal law of Austria for music therapy.
The faculty and students of both the universities would benefit through these exchange programs on neurological rehabilitation, neuro-science, microanalysis, video documentation, traditions, hospital-based and medical research in music therapy.
The Center for Music Therapy Education and Research (CMTER), a unit of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, through its innovative measure of moving forward from pathogenesis to salutogenesis, has been pioneering music therapy services in its training, research and patient care activities, since 2010. Since then, the centre has been very actively engaged in inter-disciplinary research creating evidences for music therapy applications in patient care outcomes.
The Unit is also in the process of commencing a Masters Degree program in Medical Music Therapy from 2016.
Prof. Karl Ennsfellner, CEO of IMC University, Austria was present along with Prof. Gerhard Tucek on November 23 at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth during the signing-in ceremony.
On behalf of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr KR Sethuraman signed the MoU in the presence of Dr Sumathi Sunder, Director of CMTER of SBV. The function was attended by the Dean of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, M.Ravishankar and other faculties.