AMREF University (AMIU) partners with the University of British Columbia (UBA) to enhance learning
By Rolex Owino
AMREF International University (AMIU) has signed a partnership with the University of British Columbia (UBC) to allow UBC teaching staff to lecture at AMIU, support development of trainings and study materials.
UBC students will have access to a variety of AMREF Health Africa programmes currently running in the region for practicums and research. An exchange programme for both AMIU and UBC students and faculty will also be developed.
The collaboration will see UBC sharing policies, protocols, learning materials: library books, aids, equipment, experiences, approaches, challenges and successes to enhance the quality of teaching health courses at AMIU.
The two universities are focused on strengthening research at AMIU through training and mentorship programmes of staff by UBC – by establishing courses in research methods and applied research for students, AMREF Health Africa staff and AMIU faculty.
UBC and AMIU will also collaborate on submission of joint research grant proposals in response to calls made in the field of public health and health systems strengthening.
AMIU will be the African partner institution for UBC MHealth’s health innovation and in the incubation of novel ideas – including the development of digital health solutions. UBC will support AMIU faculty in their pursuit of Ph.D studies.
The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked amongst the 40 best universities in the world.
Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning.
“At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world,” a statement on the partnership states.
The School of Population and Public Health creates, shares, and applies knowledge to solve problems that affect the health of everyone.
For example, students, faculty, and staff research on how to create safe and healthy workplaces and cities, prevent and control the rapid spread of infectious diseases such as Ebola & influenza, understand the health needs of communities such as indigenous inhabitants and minorities, and investigate and improve the effectiveness of health systems.
AMIU is an accredited institution of higher learning focused on training in health sciences and is fully owned by AMREF Health Africa.
AMIU focus primarily on health sciences with a commitment to progressively develop innovative programmes catering to the present and future needs of the African population – and currently has a directorate of Research, Innovation, and Consultancy and one School of Health Sciences comprising five departments.
Source: African Strategic-Ventures (ASV) & The Exchange.