On the 23rd and 24th of November 2017, the consortium representatives of the newly established HEALTH-I project, came together for the first time at the Julius Center, UMC Utrecht.
The HEALTH-I project aims to strengthen the capacity in the fields of clinical epidemiology and big data in Indonesia. The project consists of online and face-to-face teaching, establishing the infrastructure of online education development in Indonesia and ultimately strengthen Indonesia’s capacity to conduct research to inform health care decision making in the country. Given the rising burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and respiratory diseases in Indonesia, emphasis will be placed on these.
The consortium consists of four Indonesian universities Universitas Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada, University of Hasanuddin and Padjadjaran University and four European partners; University College London, Autonomous University of Barcelona, University Medical Center Utrecht and Elevate Health. The project is funded by an EU Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education grant and will run for a total of three years.
During the two day ‘pre-kickoff’ meeting in the Netherlands, the consortium partners representatives met for the first time in person together, introduced their respective institutions, and exchanged expectations for the next three years to facilitate an effective and successful collaboration. The formal kickoff of the project will be held in Jakarta in April 2018, together with selected participants and teaching staff.