With the help of a 958,804-euro grant received from the European Commission, European researchers will team up with four European and four Vietnamese medical universities to work on a program, written under the leadership of medical researchers from the University of Tartu, to support the creation of Vietnam's first doctoral program in medicine.
The program will also be supported by the government of Vietnam, spokespeople for the University of Tartu said.
The money was granted under the Global Erasmus+ call for proposals funded by the European Commission, where 147 of the 736 total applications submitted received funding.
The curriculum development project, titled "Joint capacity building in biomedical higher education through adopting international academic standards and transferring technology between European and Vietnam universities," written by researchers from the University of Tartu, received the maximum grant at the second attempt.
The authors of the project acknowledged that medical education and the quality of healthcare in Vietnam are both years behind compared to European standards.
"The Vietnamese government also admits there are shortcomings in this field — there is a shortage of doctors in Vietnam and there are practically no people with a doctoral degree, which in turn undermines the possibilities and quality of local training," said the leader of the project, Professor of Pathophysiology Sulev Koks.
The consortium founded by Estonia's oldest university brings together, in addition to the University of Tartu, the University of Greifswald in Germany, Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, the University of Essex in the UK and four major medical higher education institutions in Vietnam — Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Danang University of Medical Technology and Pharmacy, Hanoi Medical University and Hanoi University of Pharmacy.
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