Queen Margaret University signs collaboration agreement with Pakistan Health Academy
Edinburgh, October 26 2010; Queen Margaret University Edinburgh (QMU) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Health Services Academy at Islamabad (HSA) that will pave the way for the introduction of a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources for Health Management in Pakistan . The initiative is being supported by the German government development agency GTZ and is expected to attract candidates from among Ministry of Health employees, development agencies and NGOs in Pakistan. The course is set to commence in January 2011.
The Institute for International Health and Development at QMU has a growing reputation internationally for its specialism in Human Resources for Health and the collaboration with HSA, which is the premier government institution for public health training in Pakistan, is part of a longer term strategic programme to support health system recovery and reform in marginalised populations. GTZ has pledged its support in recruitment, staff appointments, and strengthening delivery in priority deficit areas.
Commenting on the agreement QMU Principal Professor Petra Wend said; “This collaboration will allow us to provide specialist human resource management courses on a sustainable basis in Pakistan. We intend to move swiftly towards a full agreement that will see QMU further develop its expertise in providing relevant courses the meets the needs of the communities it serves. ”
The Health Services Academy is affiliated with Quaid-e-Azam University Pakistan, which is recognized by the HEC (Higher Education Commission) which is the only awarding body in Pakistan.
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The Institute for International Health and Development is an Institute of Queen Margaret University focused on post-graduate education, research and technical assistance to development agencies and governments. Its focus is on the social determinants of health in globally and locally marginalised populations. It was established in 1983 as the Centre for International Health Studies and gained Institute status within the University in 2004.