The official launch was held on 30 May 2018 at the University’s Valletta Campus and was supported by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health, The Hon. Chris Fearne.
The event was opened with the screening of the ‘Voices from the Region video’ showcasing University of Malta Students as the health professionals of the future. This was a previous WHO project coordinated by the Department and initially shown at the at 67th Regional Committee for Europe meeting in 2017.
- support WHO by conducting research, generating evidence on health professionals education
- offer technical assistance on education of health professionals to improve health literacy and patient safety
- participate in jointly planned WHO meetings, promote and disseminate WHO policies and documents.
The Rector of The University, Professor Alfred Vella, gave a short address stating that through the designation of this Collaborating Centre and entrusting the Department with a programme of work, WHO has recognised UM’s international standards of education. He further proceed to say how the University of Malta, and in this case the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics within the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, is ‘setting standards with regards to how to create education of excellence’. He concluded by stating that he hopes that the work will be of benefit not only to Malta, but also to all those countries who collaborate with us.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Heath the Hon Chris Fearne, described how over the years the relationship with WHO has evolved from one where Malta was primarily the recipient of support to one where Malta is offering support and expertise to WHO technical programmes. He was pleased to see that the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics is setting standards on how students should be taught. He emphasised that this Centre will contribute to putting Malta on the Medical Map.
Photo credit: DOI: Kevin Abela