We welcomed the new class of 2022-2023 to the growing range of postgraduate diplomas and masters that ISGlobal leads and supports. Our online learning and teaching courses continue to expand. The ISGlobal Spring and Summer Schools in Global Health, made possible by the Severo Ochoa Programme, attracted more than 1,100 students. This is in addition to students who joined us for online courses such as GIS Programming for Environmental Research and the ENERGHY Summer School.
Capacity strengthening remains one of our core activities. In 2022, we held courses in science management for the PAMAfrica consortium and the Portuguese-Speaking African Countries (PALOP) programme supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the ”la Caixa” Foundation. We also launched a “training of trainers” edition of the Monitoring and Evaluating Research Capacity Strengthening Activities (MERCSA) course for the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR).
One of our main missions is to contribute to the training of young researchers. In 2022, we had a total of 90 predoctoral students enrolled and 16 doctoral theses defended.
The geographical, professional and disciplinary diversity of our courses has increased significantly in recent years. Recognising that solutions to global health challenges are driven by political, social, economic and cultural factors, we constantly seek to bring in faculty and experts from both high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries.
We have also been reflecting on how to move towards a more equitable global health education, starting with an ongoing, transparent and thorough assessment of our strengths and weaknesses. This will help us to identify areas for improvement to better serve our students and our shared mission of greater health equity.