WHO Collaborating Centre


WHO Collaborating Centre
for Health Professionals Education and Research

The Department of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics is proud to have been designated WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Professionals Education and Research in April 2018.

A WHO Collaborating Centre is defined as   "an institution designated by the Director-General to form part of an international collaborative network carrying out activities in support of the Organization’s programme at all levels”.


WHO Collaborating Centres are key institutions with relevant expertise distributed throughout the world. They represent a valuable resource as an extended and integral arm of WHO’s capacity to implement its mandated work.


The WHO Collaborating Centres are a highly valued mechanism of cooperation in which selected institutions are recognized by WHO to assist the Organization with implementing its mandated work. This is accomplished by supporting the achievement of planned strategic objectives at the regional and global levels; enhancing the scientific validity of its global health work; and developing and strengthening institutional capacity in countries and regions.

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Professionals Education and Research at the University of Malta works to support the WHO Regional Office for Europe on the Human Resources for Health Programme. The key objective of the Centre is to support WHO in its efforts towards achieving a sustainable health workforce by optimizing the performance, quality and impact of health workers by transforming education and training, which further builds on the Tallin Charter. The work of the Centre is in line with Resolution WHA66 Transforming Health Workforce Education in support of Universal Health Coverage.

The contribution of the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics to transforming health workforce education is in line with the aims of WHO’s Health Policy Document: Health 2020: a European policy framework supporting action across government and society for health and well-being. This is outlined in an article published in a special issue of Eurohealth to commemorate the 20th  anniversary of the Ljubljana charter.

The aims of the Centre are to:

  • support WHO by conducting research generating evidence on health professional education
  • provide technical assistance on education of health professionals to improve health literacy and patient safety
  • participate in jointly planned WHO meetings, promote and disseminate WHO polices and documents.


Head WHO Collaboration Centre:
Professor Maria Cordina
Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Faculty of Medicine and Surgery