ITC was launched on April 20th 2012 as a collaboration between Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences, Public Health England, the WHO Collaborating Centre (now part of Public Health England), G7+ Mexico's Global Health Security Action Group, WHO and Public Health Wales. It is supported by Welsh Government and the Department of Health.
The ITC's principal aim is to blend expertise and nurture partnerships in order to provide a centre of excellence for novel, innovative and world-class teaching and training. This provides the environment in which initiatives such as the ITC can flourish. It will provide a platform for continuing international professional development programmes in public health across the many discipline areas within CSHS and will be delivered on-line, face-to-face and through outreach activities with global partners.
To date, there have been some important successes, with Cardiff Metropolitan University establishing collaborations in Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Kenya. The Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences has developed Masters Programmes in Food Safety Management jointly delivered at Hong Kong University and working at doctoral level with universities in the UAE, Oman, Egypt, Kenya and Uganda. The WHO-CC has developed complimentary teaching links with the Institute of Public Health (Belgrade, Serbia), the Chulabhorn Research Institute (Bangkok, Thailand) and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Terms of Reference
The terms of reference for the ITC are as follows:
- To identify key national and international partners for the purposes of joint international teaching and training.
- To identify key areas that are suitable for collaborative international working.
- To develop a blended approach to international teaching, culminating in the ability to study at a given centre of learning and remotely.
- To disseminate good practice globally.
- To offer a range of qualifications in a number of disciplines, including environmental public health.
- To develop and initiate research in complimentary areas such that key gaps in knowledge are addressed, thereby further strengthening training.