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16th ASEF University

Public Health And Vulnerable Groups: Access To Quality Health Care Services

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
29 Jun 10 - 10 Jul 10 Asia-Europe Foundation Education Department ASEF Summer University Public Health



Venue:
Lodz (Poland)

OVERVIEW

This instalment of ASEF University promoted discussion on how barriers to quality healthcare could be reduced, and how awareness on public health issues could be increased. It was an opportunity for top university students from Asia and Europe to discuss these issues and while listening to expert views on best practices and concerns. The outcome of the discussions were included as recommendations to public health officials in Asia and Europe.

THE CONTEXT

Improving the health of the general population in both Asia and Europe includes responding to the health needs of the most vulnerable groups, which is among the most challenging of public health policies. Today, as the world is faced with crises on multiple fronts including food shortage, financial and economic crisis, climate change and pandemic influenza, the plight of vulnerable groups in any given population is in need of urgent attention.

Partners

  • The Medical University of Lodz

Sponsors

  • Government of Japan
  • The City of Lodz
  • Marshal`s Office of the Lodz Voivodship
  • Lodz Special Economic Zone
  • Powszechny Zaklad Ubezpieczen (PZU)
  • University of Lodz
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Poland
  • Lodzka Agencja Rozwoju Regionalnego

Project Updates

  •  "In 10 days, I visited 26 countries and I met 27 great, unique, talented, smart people", said Lenka Marincova from Czech Republic. "I think we could see that we are different but at the same time, very similar" – she said, describing the 16th ASEF University on "Public Health and Vulnerable Groups: Access to Quality Health Care Service". "It really was an eye-opener for me", said Jing Jing Koh, a student from Singapore. "I now truly believe that Asia and Europe can actually squeeze into a classroom!"

    Bilal Masoon from Pakistan added that participating in the AU16 was an "unprecedented experience" for him. "The learning from this event will remain for a long time to come", he said, adding "the friends and memories of AU16 will always be with me throughout my life".

    Danish participant Katrine Paysen fully agrees. "It was an enlightenment to see such a diversity of people to create something that is so beautiful", she said.

    "Just build the bridges", was the message for Sumedh Bele, a student from India. "People will cross to the other side by themselves".

    The 16th ASEF University took place from 29 June to 10 July 2010 in Lodz, Poland. The event enabled young participants from Asia and Europe to understand and address public health issues from their points of view.and to explore possible approaches to reduce disparities in access to quality health care. It was co-organised by ASEF and the Medical University of Lodz (UMED).

  • Polish media on the ASEF University

    Published on 05 Oct 2010

    The 16th ASEF University gained a spotlight in the Polish media. They highlighted ASEF’s involvement in facilitating the exchanges between Asia and Europe.

    The opening of the University was reported both by Gazeta Wyborcza, the most influential Polish daily, and one of the biggest internet portals Onet.pl. These two media outlets also gave details of the programme and reported about ASEF. They highlighted that it was an excellent opportunity to better promote Lodz and Poland internationally.

    Local daily Moje Miasto Lodz stressed the importance of sensitising the young to the public health issues. It also quoted Ambassador Dominique Girard and Prof Pawel Gorski, Rector of the Medical University of Lodz (UMED), speaking highly about the successful cooperation between ASEF and UMED.

    Echo Miasta, also a local daily, reported the ASEF University programme as bringing in  students from all over Asia and Europe to Lodz. The paper quoted participants from Singapore and Pakistan speaking enthusiastically about having their chance to visit Poland on such an occasion.

    Read more media clips on AU16 on the Media clips section on this page.

  •  ASEF Executive Director Amb Dominique Girard shares a light moment with participants


    About 40 university undergraduates from ASEM member countries are currently in Poland to participate in the 16th ASEF University on “Public Health and Vulnerable Groups: Access to Quality Health Care Services.”  The ASEF University, one of ASEF’s flagship programmes, promotes intercultural learning among university students from Asia and Europe. 

    Improving the health of the general population in both Asia and Europe includes responding to the health needs of the most vulnerable groups, which is among the most challenging of public health policies. Today, as the world is faced with crises on multiple fronts including food shortage, financial and economic crisis, climate change and pandemic influenza, the plight of vulnerable groups in any given population is in need of urgent attention.

    The 16th ASEF University is an important opportunity for top university students from both regions to give special attention to this issue.  It will promote discussion on how barriers to quality healthcare can be reduced and raising awareness on public health issues. It also aims at encouraging young people to play an active role in promoting better health while emphasising the Asian and European perspectives on key global health challenges that often require international cooperation.

    Experts from a wide range of sectors and countries will share their experience, best practices and concerns with these students. The outcome of their discussions will be included as recommendations to public health officials of Asia and Europe.
     
    The ASEF University is a two-week intensive enrichment programme that is held once a year at venues alternating between Asia and Europe. The programme offers a unique opportunity for promising undergraduates to broaden their horizon and deepen their insight into contemporary international issues and their significance for Asia and Europe in a multi-cultural setting. This edition is organised in line with overall activities of the ASEF Network for Public Health, initiated in May 2009 and funded by the Government of Japan. The Network aims to establish a working mechanism for bi-regional coordination and collaboration on public health issues with a particular attention to pandemics and infectious diseases.