Several features stand out in our educational ambitions. Our network promotes innovative interdisciplinary and trans-professional teaching and learning, to enhance collaborative, non-hierarchical relationships. The aim is to overcome disciplinary constraints and boundaries, and expand and share resources in knowledge, information, and solidarity for joint undertakings across the globe. Our educational endeavours around the world will be based on principles of mutual benefit and accountability. Nurturing a culture of critical inquiry and reflection on educational concepts and models within our own institution, and beyond, will be crucial to generate social transformation, acceptance and immersion.
Our education includes a unique MSc in Global Health. This master programme has been developed and is executed in close collaboration with partners in Canada (McMaster University), Thailand (Thammasat University), India (Manipal University), and Colombia (Rosario University). Each of the universities offers an own Global or Public Health programme, as well as elective courses reflecting their expertise and specialization. These elective courses are open for students from all partners. Electives in Maastricht focus on leadership and organization, on issues involved in standardization-diversification, and on problems in scaling up of innovation. Core to each of the partners programmes however, are the shared on line “Foundations of Global Health” courses. In these jointly developed and executed courses students from all partners participate with peers from the other partner universities via distance communication technologies. The foundation courses include on-line interactive lectures by lecturers from the five partners as well as from guest lecturers from across the globe. Once per year students from all partners meet face-to-face at the jointly organized annual Global Health Symposium in Manipal India.
The Maastricht MSc in Global Health was awarded the “Distinctive Quality Feature Internationalisation” upon successful re-accreditation in June 2014.