Recording and Summary available: Webinar on SDG 3 Health - UOC and IAU Cluster

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Recording and Summary available: Webinar on SDG 3 Health - UOC and IAU Cluster

The Open University of Catalonia and the International Associaton of Universities co-organized a webinar on Tuesday, 27th October, 14.30-16.00 CST (Paris/Barcelona) on "Higher education under examination: are we ready to train the future healthcare workforce?" The webinar was introduced by IAU president Pam Fredman, followed by a roundtable discussion with experts from the IAU Subcluster on SDG3 and UOC.

Higher education under examination: are we ready to train the future healthcare workforce?

The UOC's eHealth Center and the Globalization and Cooperation area, as the leaders of the SDG 3 cluster within the International Association of Universities (IAU) Global Cluster on HESD (Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development), organized a webinar in collaboration with the IAU to discuss the challenges facing the higher education system in the training of healthcare professionals in an age marked by COVID-19. The webinar, which will took place on 27 October 2020, 14.30-16.00 CET , is part of a series on the future of higher education organized by the IAU and aimed at university faculty, healthcare professionals and policymakers.

Find the recording of the event here


- Marta Aymerich, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Research, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

- Maria Niemi, associate professor, Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)

- Titi Savitri, PhD. Associate professor in Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, Universitas Gadjah Madah (Indonesia)

- David Serwadda, professor of Public Health, Makerere University (Uganda)

- Virginia Schmeid, Professor of Midwifery in the Nursing and Midwifery and Health and Well-being Theme Champion at Western Sydney University

- Welcome: Pam Fredman, President of the International Association of Universities (IAU), Former Rector of Gothenburg University (Sweden)

- Moderator: Albert Barberà, director of the eHealth Center (UOC)

    Training healthcare professionals today

The health crisis caused by COVID-19 has forced us to rethink our economic and health system to make it more sustainable and better adapted to the challenges of the 2030 Agenda. Higher education institutions, knowledge generators and trainers of healthcare professionals have a fundamental role to play.

What are the challenges and changes facing these institutions in offering healthcare professionals adequate training given the current situation? To answer this and other questions, the SDG 3 cluster will bring together experts from all the continents to share opinions and strategies seeking to foster sustainable development in health and well-being in higher education.

    IAU Global Cluster on HESD, SDG 3 cluster

The UOC has been leading the cluster focusing on SDG 3, good health and well-being, in higher education and research since 2018, when it was selected by the IAU as SDG 3 Champion. It leads a team of universities working together to foster higher education's understanding and use of the health and well-being SDG based on an international and multidisciplinary approach. Current member institutions are: Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), Universidad de Caldas (Colombia), Makerere University (Uganda), Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia), Western Sydney University (Australia), University College Dublin (Ireland) and the UOC.

More information here:

1. Summary Video (5min) of the Event
- English version: Lessons from the pandemic to educate future healthcare professionals
- Spanish version: Lecciones de la pandemia para educar a los futuros profesionales de la salud

2. Interview with Dr. Jaramillo (University of Caldas) from the SDG 3 Cluster:

Find below the links to the interview, in Spanish and English:
- Spanish:
- English:

2. Article on "Lessons from the pandemic to educate future healthcare professionals" from the SDG3 Subcluster on the Webinar:

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goal : Good health & well-being
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