The inaugural EMPHID Online Forum will take place on 8 October 2021, between 9:00-18:00 CEST. It aims to bring together and enhance the collaboration among EMPHID associated centers, while stimulating the exchange of experiences between students and alumni.

The online forum will feature plenary lectures by renowned experts across the Public Health spectrum, engaging with cutting-edge topics such as Disaster Epidemiology and Global Health Security.

Moreover, a series of presentations and guest talks by over 20 academics and professionals will be organized under three thematic panels:

Panel Session 1: Complex Emergencies and Refugees
Panel Session 2: Epidemic Emergencies
Panel Session 3: Climate Change and Disasters

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr Debarati Guha-Sapir
    CRED/IRSS, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
  • Mr Altaf Musani
    Director of Emergency Health Interventions, WHO
  • Dr Richard Garfield
    Center for Global Health (Division of Global Health Protection) US, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

The EMPHID Online Forum 2021 will discuss relevant and current topics related to the main areas of the EMPHID programme.


The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Public Health in Disasters (EMPHID) is a joint university educational programme designed to deliver high-quality education and training in the field of Public Health in disaster situations.

The programme is organized by the Unit for Research in Emergency and Disaster of the Universidad de Oviedo (Spain), the Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters of the Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) and the Department of Primary Care and Population Health of the University of Nicosia (Cyprus).

It is sponsored by the European Union and involves associated universities and institutions around the world.



EMPHID Associated Universities, Institutions, and Centers

CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. On July 1, 1946 the Communicable Disease Center (CDC) opened its doors and occupied one floor of a small building in Atlanta. Its primary mission was simple yet highly challenging: prevent malaria from spreading across the nation. Armed with a budget of only $10 million and fewer than 400 employees, the agency’s early challenges included obtaining enough trucks, sprayers, and shovels necessary to wage war on mosquitoes.

As the organization took root deep in the South, once known as the heart of the malaria zone, CDC Founder Dr. Joseph Mountin continued to advocate for public health issues and to push for CDC to extend its responsibilities to other communicable diseases. He was a visionary public health leader with high hopes for this small and, at that time, relatively insignificant branch of the Public Health Service. In 1947, CDC made a token payment of $10 to Emory University for 15 acres of land on Clifton Road in Atlanta that now serves as CDC headquarters. The new institution expanded its focus to include all communicable diseases and to provide practical help to state health departments when requested.

Although medical epidemiologists were scarce in those early years, disease surveillance became the cornerstone of CDC’s mission of service to the states and over time changed the practice of public health. There have been many significant accomplishments since CDC’s humble beginnings. The following highlights some of CDC’s important achievements for improving public health worldwide.

Today, CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services and is recognized as the nation’s premiere health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency.

More information: https://www.cdc.gov/

WHO (World Health Organization) founded in 1948, WHO is the United Nations agency that connects nations, partners and people to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable – so everyone, everywhere can attain the highest level of health.

WHO leads global efforts to expand universal health coverage. We direct and coordinate the world’s response to health emergencies. And we promote healthier lives – from pregnancy care through old age. Our Triple Billion targets outline an ambitious plan for the world to achieve good health for all, using science-based policies and programs. WHO works worldwide to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. Our goal is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and well-being.

For universal health coverage, we:

  • focus on primary health care to improve access to quality essential services
  • work towards sustainable financing and financial protection
  • improve access to essential medicines and health products
  • train the health workforce and advise on labor policies
  • support people’s participation in national health policies
  • improve monitoring, data and information.

For health emergencies, we:

  • prepare for emergencies by identifying, mitigating and managing risks
  • prevent emergencies and support development of tools necessary during outbreaks
  • detect and respond to acute health emergencies
  • support delivery of essential health services in fragile settings.

More information: https://www.who.int/

CRED has been active for over 40 years in the fields of international disaster and conflict health studies, with activities linking relief, rehabilitation and development. The Centre promotes research, training and technical expertise on humanitarian emergencies, particularly in public health and epidemiology.

In 1971, Professor Michel F. Lechat, an epidemiologist at the Université catholique de Louvain, initiated a research programme to study health issues in disaster situations. Two years later he established CRED as non-profit institution with international status. The Centre became a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in 1980.

CRED’ Capacity Building and Training Programme enables people, communities and organizations to strengthen their capabilities to develop, implement and maintain effective health sector services. The programme also provides guidance and support on preventing and responding to disasters, conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies.

The Centre develops, implements and evaluates training materials and courses to help international agencies, national governments, non-governmental organizations, research institutes and schools of public health strengthen their technical capacity in emergency public health management.

CRED strives to improve disaster management capacities through institutional and community capacity-building, information and data management, and partnerships. In addition, the Centre provides training in public health, epidemiology, natural disaster management and complex emergency intervention.


More information: https://www.cred.be/

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) translates to Doctors without Borders. We provide medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. Our teams are made up of tens of thousands of health professionals, logistic and administrative staff – bound together by our charter.  Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality. We are a non-profit, self-governed, member-based organization.

MSF was founded in 1971 in Paris by a group of journalists and doctors. Today, we are a worldwide movement of nearly 65,000 people.

Our teams conduct independent evaluations to determine medical needs and assess what assistance to provide. Different criteria determine what we do, such as the magnitude of a given crisis, the levels of illness and mortality in the population, the severity of exclusion from healthcare, and the added value we can bring to the affected people. We regularly question the form, relevance and impact of our presence, taking into account what other organizations do.

The MSF associations are linked to five Operational Centers (OC) who directly manage our humanitarian action in the field and decide when, where, and what medical care is needed. MSF sections are offices that support our field work. They mainly recruit staff, organize fundraising, and raise awareness on the humanitarian crises our teams are witnessing. Each MSF section is linked to an association which defines the strategic direction of the section, and holds the section accountable for its work. Some MSF sections have opened branch offices to extend this support work further. Currently there are 23 sections and 18 branch offices around the world.


More information: https://www.msf.org/

The university has a research fund to encourage the progress and development of society by financing scientific research projects. In addition, COMU actively seeks to develop and propose projects within international research programs. Regular seminars and conferences are organized to keep researchers informed of new developments. Some of our academic staff are already participating in projects and others are seeking partners for collaboration under this program. Most researchers are supported by grants or funding from local, national, and international organizations.

Publications A university must prove the worth of its scientific research through the publication of books, papers and articles in national and international periodicals. The university strongly encourages academic staff to increase efforts in this area, especially in the case of internationally refereed journals. In the last few years, there has been a dramatic increase in both the quantity and quality of publications emerging from Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, and it is hoped that the university will continue to gain strength through this medium. This success demonstrates the importance placed on research by the administration and the increased determination by academicians to contribute to scientific debate.

The purpose of the Scientific Research Projects Commission is to encourage university staff to engage in scientific research, to evaluate and monitor research projects and to provide or secure funding for such projects. It also seeks to work to increase the quality and quantity of national and international publications.

More information: https://global.comu.edu.tr/

CARE is a not-for-profit organization working in India for 70 years, focusing on alleviating poverty and social injustice. We do this through well planned and comprehensive projects in health, education, livelihoods and disaster preparedness and response. Our overall goal is the empowerment of women and girls from poor and marginalized communities leading to improvement in their lives and livelihoods. CARE focuses on the empowerment of women and girls because they are disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination; and suffer abuse and violations in the realization of their rights, entitlements and access and control over resources. Also, experience shows that, when equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities overcome poverty, marginalization and social injustice.



Programme Goal:

  • Women and girls from the most marginalised communities are empowered, live in dignity and their households have secure and resilient lives. CARE India aims to accomplish this goal by working with 50 million people to help them meet their health, education and livelihoods entitlements and aspirations.

Our Vision:

  • We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.

Our Mission:

  • CARE India helps alleviate poverty and social exclusion by facilitating empowerment of women and girls from poor and marginalised communities.


More information: https://www.careindia.org/

CHEERing (the Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research in Greece) is a frontline organization in Athens, Greece managed by experienced professionals, and focusing on empowering and assisting some of the most vulnerable individuals in the world: refugee mothers and infants. CHEERing supports and enables optimal infant feeding among refugees, with an emphasis on breastfeeding as the safest form of infant nutrition in a humanitarian crisis. We provide prenatal counselling, infant feeding support, and training for the agencies who serve refugee families.

CHEERing offers training on Infant Feeding in Emergencies to organizations working with refugees in Greece. CHEERing also provides ongoing direct service to refugees at several refugee camps in the Attika region, in collaboration with other non-profit organizations, and intensive support at the Elna Maternity Center in central Athens. Each week we weigh, measure, and track growth in babies, and offer support to mothers of young infants. We also provide sessions for refugee women about breastfeeding, sexual health, nutrition, and infant development. Our goal is to increase breastfeeding rates and awareness of the importance of breastfeeding in emergency situations.


More information: https://cheering.eu/

The Faculty of Medicine, founded in 1947, emphasizes academic excellence through the diversified medical concentrations available in the bachelor and graduate programs, and the faculty’s collaboration with top medical institutions from around the world.  As a reputable institution, the faculty has become a credible national and international reference source that guides society.

The main mission of Chulalongkorn University is to be the center for academic learning and professional excellence. This is in line with the vision of the university’s founder, King Rama VI, who established the university as a tribute to his father, King Rama V.


Through the pursuit, development, dissemination and application of knowledge, Chulalongkorn University works to educate students with professional know-how and research skills, as well as preserve the arts, culture, and values. In addition to academic knowledge and learning, the university hopes to instill in students a sense of morality, social responsibility, and public service.


More information: https://www.chula.ac.th/en/

Falck Vl Servicios Sanitarios SL provides health and allied services. The Company offers health emergency technicians, paramedics, nursing staff and other related services. Falck Vl Servicios Sanitarios serves customers worldwide.

Every day we mobilize the potential of people to offer effective and reliable health care and emergency services to those who need it urgently. At Falck, people are an essential part of every decision we make. We believe that everyone deserves to feel safe and have a good life. And we know that people’s lives and well-being depend on our ability to efficiently and effectively turn care into action.

We are more than 27,000 professionals with great experience. We work tirelessly with local authorities to provide reliable and efficient emergency response services in 30 countries around the world. As market leaders in healthcare and emergency response services, we work closely with other industry leaders, colleagues, and local partners to develop new solutions and new ways of delivering healthcare and emergency response services in anywhere in the world.

Our culture is strong, diverse and inclusive. All the actions we undertake are supported by our Winning Behaviors. And we will work every day with the promise of being there when you need us.


More information: https://www.falck.es/

Helwan University is working to achieve outstanding institutional performance that supports the production and investment of knowledge towards sustainable development. It affords smart and developed educational services in accordance with the quality standards. In addition, Helwan University implements distinguished scientific research and provides effective competitive mobility, which contributes to the advancement of the society.

The Values of Helwan University:

  • Belonging and Loyalty
  • Empowering Youth
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Mastery and professionalism
  • Academic freedom
  • Trust and accountability
  • Competitiveness and leadership
  • Cooperation and teamwork
  • Social and environmental responsibility
  • Diversity and respect for differences
  • Integrity and transparency
  • Justice and equal opportunities

The university’s vision and mission have been updated to conform to the developments and future trends. It reflects the ambitions and aspirations that the university seeks to achieve through a clear and integrated strategy. The vision of Helwan University is to be a pioneer in the production and investment of knowledge with a globally advanced classification.


More information: http://www.helwan.edu.eg/?page_id=34878&lang=en

The “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center is an International Humanitarian and Independent Institution based in Nicosia, Cyprus. Our institution is established on standards and principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and European Union Law.

It works on humanitarian and development policy relevant to the defense and promotion of children’s rights. It does so through research, grassroots program design and implementation and advisory services offered to governments and international organizations. The operation of the organization is founded on the principle of promoting and protecting the rights of children. We aim to do this through the implementation of a variety of projects on a National, European and Global level.

Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center works together with national, regional and an international advocacy institutions working to reform child welfare systems on behalf of children who depend on them for protection and care. We aim to bring together judges, lawyers, psychologists, medical practitioners, mediators, counselors, mental health workers, media representatives, child cares, teachers & allied professionals to contribute their specialized expertise in a practical manner through education, legal and other advocacy to promote and protect the interests of the most vulnerable amongst us, our children and youth.

The shelters aim, and were set up with the intention to provide unaccompanied children with more than just accommodation. They were rather set up to provide multi-disciplinary and holistic services to the children, which would cover all aspects of their daily lives and attend to their needs in the fullest extent possible, with a special focus on psycho-social support and legal guidance to unaccompanied children.

More information: https://www.uncrcpc.org.cy/en/

The International Institute of Health Management Research, New Delhi is part of the Society for Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), which was established in October 1984 under the Societies Registration Act 1958. IIHMR Delhi was setup in 2008 with a focus on national and international health to cater to the growing needs of the country and the Asia-Pacific region. Our chief goals are to play a major role in promoting and conducting research in policy analysis and formulation, strategy development and effective implementation of policies, training and capacity development and preparing professionals for the healthcare sector. We undertake capacity building of health professionals in a big way through our executive training programs.

The institute has three main activities:

  • Research that have high relevance to health policies and programs of India and Asia Pacific Region
  • Post graduate Program (PGDHM) with specialization in Health management, Hospital management and Health Care Information Technology
  • Management Development Programs to improve management practices in health and related systems and embarked upon developing knowledge and skills of management among health managers, planners, decision-makers, trainers and research scientists at the national and international levels Management Development Programs

The Institute’s dynamic health care research programmes in health management, and hospital management provides rigorous training in applied economics and management coupled with advanced training in health systems and health services research. Our faculty members engage in a broad range of management research related to health systems, economics and health policy with national and international research collaborators. Our vision is to be a global leader in health administration, research, training and consulting.

More information: https://www.iihmrdelhi.edu.in/

For more than half a century of history, our university has passed a glorious path of development and has a rich history of training highly qualified doctors successfully working in Kyrgyzstan and in the countries of near and far abroad.

KSMA MISSION as the flagship of medical education and science in the Kyrgyz Republic is to improve the health and quality of life of the population, meeting the needs of society and the individual in the intellectual, cultural and moral development through quality and continuous training of medical and pharmaceutical personnel, based on the inseparable unity of the educational process, research and clinical practice in accordance with the challenges of the XXI century.

KSMA is a university with advanced training of medical and pharmaceutical personnel based on the integration of educational process, basic scientific research and innovative approaches. KSMA is a university of innovative education, providing new results, education of competitive, socially responsible, initiative and competent specialists for innovative development of medicine and society.

Inclusion and consolidation of KSMA among the leading medical universities in the Asian region according to the major international rankings, through the development of basic and applied research of world-class health care, high-altitude medicine, biotechnology, pharmacy and wide implementation of innovative learning technologies; Systemic quality assurance at all stages of the lifecycle of scientific and educational services that can compete with the leading universities in Asia and Europe;

Provision of strategic partnership for professional training of specialists on the basis of comprehensive cooperation of KSMA with interested organizations by combining the intellectual potential, material, financial and human resources.


More information: https://www.kgma.kg/en

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is renowned for its research, postgraduate studies and continuing education in public and global health. We have an annual research income of more than £180 million and are one of the highest-rated research institutions in the UK.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is renowned for its research, postgraduate studies and continuing education in public and global health. The School has an international presence and collaborative ethos, and is uniquely placed to help shape health policy and translate research findings into tangible impact.

Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. We draw on our diverse talents, skills and experience, to underpin our position as a leader in public and global health. These range from the molecular to the global, the theoretical to the applied, the analytical to the political.


More information: https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/

Since 1893, MCW has been a leader in patient care, research, education and community engagement.

Every study, and every patient, leads to new learnings and a continuous cycle of life-changing knowledge. Since 1930, MCW has been rewriting patient stories through groundbreaking research, medical discoveries and revolutionary treatment plans. The MCW leadership team members are ambassadors of academic medicine, and are the driving force behind the transformative work in education, research, patient care and community engagement.

We are a distinguished leader and innovator in the education and development of the next generation of physicians, scientists, pharmacists and health professionals; we discover and translate new knowledge in the biomedical and health sciences; we provide cutting-edge, collaborative patient care of the highest quality; and we improve the health of the communities we serve.

Our vision is pioneering pathways to a healthier world. As a major national research center and the second largest research institution in Wisconsin, MCW is dedicated to doing its part in transforming research to improve health in our communities.


More information: https://www.mcw.edu/

The Luxembourg section of MSF was created in 1986. Today, 24 employees work within MSF Luxemburg to raise the awareness from the luxemburguese population on humanitarian issues, collect the necessary funds to finance interventions, oversee MSF volunteers who go on the field and to carry out dozens of operational researches in direct link with the operations to keep improving them. It also gathers 99 associate members, 44 volunteers, 9 members of the Board and more than 23,600 active donors who allow MSF to continue its mission.

Since 2009, MSF Luxembourg has been using his expertise for the development of medical research in the field through operational research unit skills in Luxembourg, called LuxOR (Luxembourg Operational Research).

If MSF provides medical assistance to people living in difficult and resource-constrained environments, operational research is designed to assess and improve practices in health programs, to help health workers to find suitable practical solutions to specific situations of their patients in crisis contexts.

Provide access to quality health care to vulnerable populations is in the DNA of MSF, the Operational Research provides exceptional added value in achieving these challenges.


More information: https://msf.lu/en

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides medical care to millions of people caught in crises around the world.

We are an organization of medical-humanitarian action: we assist people threatened by armed conflict, violence, epidemics or neglected diseases, natural disasters and exclusion from medical care. Humanitarian action is a gesture of solidarity from civil society to civil society, from person to person, whose purpose is to preserve life and alleviate the suffering of other human beings: this is our reason for being.

We owe our financial independence to the more than six million people and private entities that are members or collaborators of MSF around the world. Thanks to them, we decide who we serve and how, and our only interest is that of the populations we serve. In order to improve your situation, we may also give testimony to report situations that we witness. But we do not aspire to transform a society, but to allow it to overcome a critical period: our objective is the people, not the States. For this reason, our interventions are limited in time. The integrity of our organization is upheld by the good conduct of each individual staff member, in any location, with full respect for the communities we serve. For us, this means not tolerating any behavior from our staff that exploits the vulnerability of others, or of employees taking advantage of their position for personal gain. Our leadership has unequivocally committed to fight abuse and to reinforce mechanisms and procedures to prevent and address it.

The centers conduct direct studies and analysis of MSF actions but also don’t shy away from pointing out other gaps in the humanitarian system at large. Themes explored may include: migration, refugees, aid access and health policies.


More information: https://www.msf.es/

Established in 1922 as a humble technical school, Makerere University is one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in Africa. In January of that year, the school, which was later renamed Uganda Technical College, opened its doors to 14 day students who began studying Carpentry, Building and Mechanics.

The Strategic Plan seeks to transform Makerere University into a more research-intensive University and enhance relevance to the community and consolidate Makerere’s position as Uganda’s engine of development.

Makerere University has developed a focused research agenda that is multi-disciplinarily and draws on the University’s vast expertise. Research proposals that focus on a specific problem that may cut across several disciplines are given priority in funding.

As the oldest and premier public university in Uganda, Makerere University partners with the Government of Uganda, mainly through the line Ministries and other autonomous/semi-autonomous agencies. Makerere is the leading trainer of Human Resources for the Government of Uganda as evidenced by the large number of her Alumni, serving in the Judiciary, Legislature and Cabinet arms of government.


More information: https://www.mak.ac.ug/

Founded in 1866, the American University of Beirut is a teaching-centered research university based on the American liberal arts model of higher education. AUB has over 8,000 students and 800 faculty members. The University encourages freedom of thought and expression and seeks to graduate men and women committed to creative and critical thinking, lifelong learning, personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership.

​​​​The American University of Beirut (AUB) is an institution of higher learning founded to provide excellence in education, to participate in the advancement of knowledge through research, and to serve the peoples of the Middle East and beyond. Chartered in New York State in 1863, the university bases its educational philosophy, standards, and practices on the American liberal ​arts model of higher education. The university believes deeply in and encourages freedom of thought and expression and seeks to foster tolerance and respect for diversity and dialogue. Graduates will be individuals committed to creative and critical thinking, life-long learning, personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership.

AUB aspires to be a unique global institution of higher education that stands out as a powerful role model, one which prepares ethical leaders for just, peaceful, resilient, and relevant societies. The university serves the peoples of the Middle East and beyond by sharing our common values of freedom of thought and expression, tolerance, honesty and respect for diversity and dialogue, and by providing opportunities for all of its community members, including those less fortunate. AUB strives to improve all aspects and stages of the human condition through teaching, service and research, and by preparing students as impactful and empowered citizens who play a transformative role in addressing the challenges that communities and individuals face at a global, regional, and local level.


More information: https://www.aub.edu.lb/

Saint-Joseph University of Beirut (USJ) is a private Lebanese university, founded in 1875 by the Society of Jesus. The University counts 13 Faculties (religious sciences, medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine, nursing sciences, engineering, law and political sciences, economics, business administration and management, humanities, sciences, educational sciences, and languages), 18 Schools operating under USJ Faculties. USJ’s mission, vision, and values are defined in its Charter. They revolve around two main pillars: teaching and research, in addition to a third pillar of community service. In that sense, USJ is a teaching and research institution. It promotes excellence and aims to shape its students into the best of the country and region, thereby opening wide the doors of opportunity for them. Not only that, but USJ also seeks to promote dialogue through biculturalism and pluri-lingualism, all while remaining a healthy setting for reflection and character building.

USJ offers its research professors and students important resources and services on its various campuses across libraries, platforms, laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment and research centers. The Vice-Rectorate for Research and the Research Council, as well as administrative staff, are dedicated to guide and support researchers. The Ethics Committee supports and guarantees the conditions in which research is carried out at USJ.

The overall mandate of the Vice-Rectorate for Research is to oversee all of USJ’s research activities, as well as the development, promotion and influence of research at the University.

More information: https://www.usj.edu.lb/

Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences is a public university located in the center of Iran in the World Heritage city of Yazd. The university offers degrees in 102 programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, midwifery, paramedical sciences, and health services ranging from associate degrees to sub-specialties and fellowships. The university administers 9 hospitals and over 90 clinics throughout the city and province of Yazd.

The SSU Deputy for Research and Technology was established in 1987. Through the efforts and assistance of the university researchers, we are expanding and enhancing the research activities of the affiliated research centers, enhancing the scientific expertise of the relevant specialist human resources, creating the right context for research and applied research development and producing health and technology at the global level, while being pioneer at the national level.

The Deputy intends to achieve its major goals through monitoring research development and evaluation management, covering medical information and scientific resources, and health technology development based on the values of the Deputy.


More information: https://web.ssu.ac.ir/en/187

The Swedish Red Cross is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1865. Today, we are the largest humanitarian volunteer organization in Sweden, with about 25,000 volunteers in 722 local branches, scattered across the entire country. We are an important component of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and a major contributor to National Societies in other countries.

Our mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and ensure respect for the dignity of each individual. Each human being has the right to seek protection and every child has the right to live with his or her family. All over the world, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is fighting to reunite families that have been separated, supporting refugees and ensuring that human rights are respected in situation of conflict and captivity.

The Swedish Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian movement. With millions of local volunteers all over the world, we can quickly be on site when a crisis or disaster strikes to help the survivors. Together we fight to ensure that no one is left alone in a disaster.

We offer medical care and treatment, psychosocial support following stressful events, and activities that promote health and well-being.

More information: https://www.rodakorset.se/

Nepal adopted the multi-university concept in 1983. The idea of Pokhara University (PU) was conceived in 1986; however, it was established only in 1997 under the Pokhara University Act, 1997.

Our mission is to develop the institution into a Center of Excellence for Higher Education by enhancing teaching, learning and research activities; to accelerate the national development process by producing job market-driven, responsible, productive, welfare focused and committed human resources; to link the university system with community services; unfold the potential and creativity of learners, advocating humanism, reason, innovation, and search for truth. Quality education should necessarily not be limited to rhetoric. It has to be in reality and action, so that the university students imbibe critical thinking skills, develop positive attitude to work, and enhance competitiveness. Pokhara University, the youngest university system operating full-fledged programs in the country, aims at producing human resources capable of working for the nation as well as the global community.

Our vision is to be a leader in the promotion of education through quality higher education, health and community service.


More information: https://pu.edu.np/

National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) is a governmental organization in the Ministry of Health, Cambodia. The institute was officially recognized by the Royal Government of Cambodia in October 1997 as a successor to the National Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology. Since 2007, NIPH has become administratively autonomous institution. We want to become the leading institute of public health in Cambodia.

Our mission is the representative body of the ministry of health providing public health and laboratory services, training and research to improve the health of the Cambodian people.

Our strategies:

  • Advocate for more support from MoH
  • Resource mobilization
  • Capacity building
  • Conduct health system and policy research, program evaluation and national scale survey
  • Infrastructure development
  • Dynamic governance and management
  • Marketing
  • National and international collaboration and networking

More information: https://niph.org.kh/niph/home/index.html

NSET was founded by a meeting of professionals on June 18, 1993 with the vision “Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal by 2020”. The meeting, convened by Amod Mani Dixit and Mahesh Nakarmi, was attended by around 15 professionals from the Ministry of Housing and Physical Planning and its departments, seismologists, university professors, civil engineers and journalists.

NSET was conceptualized with main objective “to foster the advancement of science and practice of earthquake engineering and technology for mitigating the earthquake risk and increasing the seismic safety, to enhance professionalism, professional engineering and scientific ethics and to further the objectives of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering as applicable to Nepal”. Also, three strategic objectives have been outlined addressing Information dissemination & Knowledge Transfer, Advocacy & Networking, and Establishment of Credible Institution & Resource Center.

Bringing “substantial change in the application of technology to the many facets of earthquake disaster management for saving the lives of the people” has remained the guiding philosophy of NSET ever since its inception. Today, NSET is Nepal’s foremost institution working on earthquake risk management. Its seismic risk reduction activities are now being carried out in various parts of the world.

NSET has been guided by its institutional beliefs, values and principles developed internally and adopted from good practices of various institutions; local, regional and/or global.

More information: https://www.nset.org.np/nset2012/

Ningbo University of Technology is a comprehensive provincial university located in Ningbo, Zhejiang province of the People’s Republic of China.

Ningbo University of Technology has conducted many foreign cooperation programs so as to learn foreign advanced experience and emphasizes to build up foreign-oriented characteristics of the university.

The university tries to set up an all-dimensional, multi-tiered campus culture with excellent patterns, high level and quality. It emphasizes on the idea of “Integrating knowledge into actions”, and the function of the educational environment, so as to build up a harmonious and healthy campus culture atmosphere with unique features, and then to improve the students’ unified qualities.

More information: https://gjxy.nbut.edu.cn/

Tel Aviv University (TAU) – Israel’s largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning – is home to over 30,000 students studying in nine faculties and over 125 schools and departments across the spectrum of sciences, humanities and the arts.

Tel Aviv University International strives for excellence in the field of education abroad, and is a proud member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Forum on Education Abroad. The University maintains study abroad agreements and affiliations with many top academic institutions in the United States and worldwide.

We are well on our way to fulfilling our goal. The Campaign has infused the University with much-needed resources: new academic programs, more scholarships for its brightest students, and cutting-edge equipment and facilities. As a result, TAU leads Israeli academia in virtually every sphere and consistently ranks among the world’s best.

TAU International is the University’s school for overseas students – the framework for all English-taught programs and the hub of international activities. The school is enabling TAU to share Israeli know-how with the world, strengthen the connection of young Diaspora Jews to Israel, and cultivate non-Jewish Israel advocates. TAU seeks to further expand, enrich and diversify enrolment and programming at the school.

More information: https://english.tau.ac.il/

The University recognizes that its fundamental commitment is the disciplinary and value training of upright and competent professionals, in an academic atmosphere of order, reflection, rigor and respect for differences. Likewise, it assumes as one of its greatest challenges, promoting social integration, mobility and the material and spiritual progress of all members of its university community.

To respond to these challenges, the University seeks to achieve increasing levels of institutional development and aspires to make an effective contribution to the development of knowledge, through research and its doctoral programs, inspired by its vocation for a job well done, the spirit collaborative, the valuation and recognition of individual merit, and social responsibility.

The USS aspires to be recognized for its management and institutional development capacity, for the value of its Educational Project that, based on its inspiration in the values ​​of Christian Humanism, promotes the cultivation of disciplinary knowledge, professional training and integral development. of their students, so that they can improve their lives, and contribute as citizens to the Common Good of their country.

More information: https://www.uss.cl/

“Quest for knowledge”, is the slogan and motto of the KhwajaYunus Ali University. The creation of a knowledge-based society is the commitment of this university.

Khwaja Yunus Ali University is a leading world-class academic and research institute of excellence, developing human resources and generating new knowledge to serve the community at large and the humanity as envisaged by Khwaja Yunus Ali (R) and transform into the cherished desire of its founder Dr. Mir Mohammad Amjad Hussain.

Khwaja Yunus Ali University is to prepare confident and competent world-class leaders by providing an environment for creative and active learning systems, preparing the learners with the highest professional standard in the areas of Science, Engineering, Arts and Social Sciences. Thus, it is becoming the Twenty-first Century workforce for sustainable development of Bangladesh and making a significant contribution as a citizen of the world. Co-curricular activities are typically, but not always, defined by their separation from academic courses. Co-curricular pursuits are integral to the educational program and – whether or not they carry academic credit – have legitimate links to regular courses. They strengthen and support the goal of teaching students to be responsible and fulfilled human beings with opportunities that develop character, critical thinking, social skills, and talents.

Co-curricular activities also provide students with a network of peers and adults who have interests and talents similar to their own. Students who participate have the chance to excel individually, be part of a group, and gain real-life lessons about the importance of teamwork, responsibility, commitment, and hard work. Khwaja Yunus Ali University highly inspires the co-curricular activities of the students. We celebrate our important red letter days of our cultural and history, and organize discussions and cultural programs as well.

More information: https://kyau.edu.bd/kyau/

Samarkand State Medical Institute – The oldest medical institution in Central Asia, which performs qualitative training of medical personnel of the highest qualification. The institute is located in the most beautiful Samarkand city, which for centuries was a center of scientific thought and outstanding culture. The history of the Samarkand State Medical Institute dates back to May 1930.

Samarkand State Medical Institute is developing international relations, based on the principle of equal rights of all partners participating in international cooperation and academic exchange, and within the framework of more than 60 existing agreements on scientific and educational cooperation with government and international organizations, foreign universities and research centers. The development of partnerships with universities in Europe, Asia, North America and the CIS countries is aimed at the development of academic mobility and joint educational programs.

Goals and objectives of SSS of SamMI:

  • Promoting the improvement of the quality of training of specialists and mastering of students’ knowledge through modern achievements of medical science.
  • Attracting of initiative students to work in scientific societies.
  • The organization of active participation of students in scientific conferences, reviews, competitions of scientific student work.
  • Expanding of international students’ communications, establishing of contacts with medical universities of the CIS countries, as well as foreign countries for exchange of delegations and joint activities.

More information: https://www.sammi.uz/en/

The Rey Juan Carlos University, since its creation in 1996, has oriented its teaching and research to seek interdisciplinary solutions to current problems, and is among the best universities in Madrid for its excellent academic offer and its international scientific quality. It is committed to ensuring quality in a responsible way in all its official degrees, thus allowing the training of competent people with the values ​​of today’s society (entrepreneurship, effort, commitment to sustainable development).

The Quality policy is based on the following general objectives:

  • To promote a culture of quality among the members of the university community by publicizing the Quality Policy and its general objectives, and carrying out promotion, dissemination and training actions that involve all groups.
  • Strengthen relations with public and private companies and promote the completion of external internships for students in order to improve their links with the professional world and their employability.

Promote mobility programs to improve the internationalization of training, teaching, research and management activities, in order to contribute to the exchange of knowledge and the continuous transformation of the University through interaction with the best practices of other institutions.

More information: https://www.urjc.es/

The Emergency Service of the Principality of Asturias (SEPA) is the managing body of the emergency and emergency call attention services through the number 112, of civil protection and firefighting and rescue in the territorial area of ​​the Principality of Asturias. SEPA is an autonomous body with its own legal personality, its own assets for the fulfillment of its purposes and full capacity to act in the exercise of its functions, attached to the Ministry of the Presidency.

In collaboration with the other administrations and competent entities in each case, and with respect to the principle of competence of each one of them, SEPA is responsible for the exercise of the general, own or execution powers, of the Principality of Asturias in matters of protection.

The development of programs in the field of civil protection and emergency management in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Government of the Principality of Asturias, establishing the means to promote actions that contribute to the prevention of risks, to the mitigation of their effects and, in general, to the awareness and sensitization of citizens of the importance of civil protection. The preparation of civil protection plans in the scope of the Autonomous Community, as well as collaborating in the drafting of municipal emergency plans. The preparation of studies, risk catalogs and maps, risk activity catalogs, resource catalogs, statistics and other technical reports related to civil protection. The transmission of the request for assistance to the competent services for its material provision, activating the provision of the most appropriate assistance depending on the type of incident and the place where it occurs.

More information: http://www.112asturias.es/v_portal/apartados/apartado.asp

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936 as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work. Since its inception, the Vision of the TISS has been to be an institution of excellence in higher education that continually responds to changing social realities through the development and application of knowledge, towards creating a people-centered, ecologically sustainable and just society that promotes and protects dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all. In pursuance of its vision and guiding principles, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences organizes teaching programs to facilitate the development of competent and committed professionals for practice, research and teaching; undertakes research; develops and disseminates knowledge; and reaches out to the larger community through extension, at the local, national, regional and international levels.

Vision of the TISS has been to be an institution of excellence in higher education that continually responds to changing social realities through the development and application of knowledge, towards creating a people-centred, ecologically sustainable and just society that promotes and protects dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all. The TISS works towards its vision through:

  • Creation and provision of socially relevant and high quality professional education in a wide range of inter-disciplinary areas of Social Sciences to a larger number of students from all sections of the society in the country.
  • Facilitation of autonomous research and dissemination of knowledge.
  • Strategic extension, field action and advocacy through training and capacity building of State and non-State institutions and personnel.
  • Initiate field action and advocacy to demonstrate and facilitate creation of policies and programs.
  • Professional response to natural and human-made disasters, through participation in relief and rehabilitation activities.

More information: https://www.tiss.edu/

The Federal University of Grande Dourados (UFGD) was created on July 29th 2005 through Law # 11.153, from the emancipation of the campus of Dourados which was previously part of the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS).

Since then, the University has been constantly transforming and improving itself. It has become part of the public policies from the federal government for the expansion of the public higher education system, such as REUNI – Restructuring and Expansion Plan for Federal Universities.

The Federal University of Grande Dourados (UFGD) is located in the city of Dourados, State of Mato Grosso do Sul. It has been ranked, year after year, as the Best University in the state, according to INEP-MEC. In addition to this, UFGD has also been ranked as the top three university of the Central-West region of Brazil.

The mission of UFGD is to generate, construct, systematize, innovate and socialize knowledges and values through excellent class education, research and community outreach activities, thus developing professionals and citizens who are able to transform society towards promoting sustainable development with democracy and social justice. The vision of UFGD is to be a nationally and internationally acknowledged institution by its excellence in the production of knowledge and by its humanist and democratic philosophy.

More information: https://www.ufgd.edu.br/

Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) is a non-profit, registered society formed in the year 1970. VHAI initiate and support innovative health and development programs at the grassroots with the active participation of the people. VHAI strives to build up a strong health movement in the country for a cost-effective, preventive, primitive and rehabilitative health care system. We work towards a responsive public health sector and responsible private sector with accountability and quality service. VHAI promotes health issue of human right and development. The beneficiaries of VHAI’s program include health professionals, researchers, social activists, government functionaries and media personnel.

“ Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free Where the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic walls Where words come out from the depth of truth Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit Where the mind is led forward by thee Into ever-widening thought and action Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake. ”

Objectives and Goals:

  • Promoting and strengthen a medically rational, culturally acceptable and economically sustainable Health Care System in the country.
  • Ensuring social justice, equity and Human Rights in the provision and distribution of health services to all, with emphasis on the less privileged millions.
  • Developing sustainable and innovative strategies to ensure health and overall community development in remote and vulnerable areas through various grass-root level initiatives.

More information: https://vhai.org/

The Autonomous University of Chile is a non-profit institution, founded in Temuco on July 31, 1989 under the name of Universidad Autónoma del Sur, by the prominent lawyer and Illustrious Son of the capital of La Araucanía, Teodoro Ribera Beneït, who summoned other local personalities around this initiative.

The Autonomous University of Chile’s mission is to train, at the different levels of the system, graduates and graduates competent, socially responsible and oriented towards permanent education.  Providing for this a quality academic environment, which promotes the development of teaching, research and links with the environment, thus contributing to the progress of society. The Autonomous University of Chile believes and supports the value of personal freedom, individual and social development through education and culture, and encourages and encourages respect for people as free and equal beings in dignity and rights, responsibility, ethics and quality.

The Autonomous University of Chile plans to consolidate itself as a prestigious higher education institution, recognized for the quality of its teaching, the development of research and the level of postgraduate courses. In addition, the effective link with the environment contributes, in this way, to the comprehensive training of people, to social mobility and to the progress of the local, regional and national community.

The Autonomous University of Chile is a private non-profit institution, committed to local, regional and national development, through the training of young people from middle and upper-income sectors and the generation of quality public goods, mainly research, in around the values ​​of personal freedom, individual and social development and the promotion of respect for people.

More information: https://www.uautonoma.cl/

UFRJ’s history dates back to the beginning of the 19th century and is filled with remarkable scientific, cultural, and artistic accomplishments. With many campuses and faculties scattered around Rio de Janeiro State, it comprises institutes, schools, and other facilities, including museums, hospitals, and the third largest ocean basin in the world for research on offshore oil exploitation.

The mission of the UFRJ is to contribute to scientific advancement, technological, artistic and cultural life of society through their teaching, research and extension, promoting the formation of a just, democratic and egalitarian.

The vision of the UFRJ is to rank among the world leaders in qualified training and emancipatory in different areas of knowledge, integrating them in order to build answers to the many challenges of our century, standing out as a transformative vehicle of socioeconomic and environmental.

More information: https://ufrj.br/

The Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana is an Institution created by the Catholic Church, belonging to the Archdiocese of Medellín. Our watchword is comprehensive training for social and human transformation. At the UPB we promote scientific advancement, through research and teaching, in order to serve society.

The Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana’s mission is the integral formation of the people who constitute it, through the evangelization of culture, the constant search for truth, in the processes of teaching, research, social projection and the reaffirmation of values ​​from humanism Christian, for the good of society.

The Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana’s vision is to be a Catholic institution of educational excellence in the integral formation of people, with ethical, scientific, business and social leadership at the service of the country.

The Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, as an educational institution of the Catholic Church, promotes and supports, from the Spirit of the Gospel, the following values:

  • Recognition and respect for each one of the people, without any discrimination.
  • The search for truth and knowledge
  • The Solidarity
  • Justice
  • Honesty
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • The loyalty
  • The Commitment to the peace and development of the country

More information: https://www.upb.edu.co/es/home

The University of San Martín de Porres, traces its origins to the Pro-Deo Institute, a house dedicated to the cultivation of philosophy and theology that was founded by the RP Dr. Vicente Sánchez Valer of the order of preachers (Dominicans). Shortly after Pope John XXIII raised Blessed Fray Martín de Porres Velásquez of the Dominican Order of Peru to the altars, the University was founded under the dedication of the new saint; on May 17, 1962.

USMP mission is to train competent professionals, with solid humanistic, ethical, moral and civic values. Contribute to the creation of knowledge through research and promote the dissemination of science, technology and culture. Project action to the community, promoting the construction of a modern and equitable society.

The infrastructure and organization achieved by the University allow it to meet the most demanding and diverse academic and administrative requirements of teachers and students, in addition to extracurricular activities aimed at providing comprehensive training, which was reflected in the accreditation of its Faculty of Human Medicine. One of the first in Peru to obtain this recognition required by law.

The University of San Martín de Porres looks to the future with optimism and with the confidence of having become a pillar of the development of Peru.

More information: https://www.usmp.edu.pe/index.php

On June 18, 1908, a hundred and thirteen years ago, the University of the Philippines (UP) was founded through Act No. 1870 of the Philippine Assembly. All the strengths that UP possesses have been brought to bear in 2020. In the face of a global pandemic—what UP President Concepcion has called “the gravest threat of this generation to our nation’s well-being”—the University rose to this new and unprecedented challenge with its characteristic brilliance, courage, and a generosity of spirit, mobilizing resources and coming together as a nationwide and even global community to come to the aid of the country and its people.

UP as a leading regional and global university in an environment that sustains 21st century learning, knowledge creation and public service for society and humanity. That is the vision of the UP System administration under the leadership of President Danilo L. Concepcion. Taking its cue from the mandates of Republic Act 9500, the UP Charter of 2008, the administration has crafted this strategic plan that will drive the direction of the University in the next six years. Concepcion and his team, guided by the UP values of honor and excellence, endeavor to further strengthen the University in carrying out its main functions—knowledge creation and public service.

The administration recognizes UP’s stature and role as the country’s national university, and therefore aims to steer its activities toward achieving the overarching goal of contributing to national development. To do this, the University environment must continue to provide, support, and promote the right conditions for the creation and proliferation of new and innovative knowledge as well as the delivery of timely, relevant, and meaningful public service. Achieving the right conditions entails promoting access and diversity, optimizing the use of resources, and improving the welfare of UP constituents.

More information: https://up.edu.ph/