FAQ

1. General questions about tropEd Network

2. Questions from Students

2.1. About the masters programme
2.2. About the enrollment in tropEd
2.3. About optional modules
2.4. About Thesis
2.5. About the degree
2.6. Other questions from students

3. Questions from higher education institutions and other bodies active in the field of International Health

3.1. About membership
3.2. About course accreditation

1. General questions about tropEd Network

1.1. What is tropEd?
1.2. When was tropEd founded?
1.3. What are the objectives of the network?
1.4. Which institutions are members of the network?
1.5. Are there member institutions outside Europe?
1.6. What is a home institution?
1.7. Which are the home institutions right now?
1.8. How is tropEd financed?
1.9. How is the network coordinated?
1.10. Who are the current members of the Executive Committee?

2. Questions from Students

2.1. About the masters programme

2.1.1. What is the tropEd Masters and why can it do for me?
2.1.2. What is the difference between a Masters of Public Health and the TropEdMasters in International Health?

2.2. About the enrollment in tropEd

2.2.1. Am I eligible for the tropEd Masters Programme?
2.2.2. When should I apply for the tropEd Masters Programme?
2.2.3. How do I apply for the tropEd Masters Programme?
2.2.4. Which documents do I need to submit with my application?
2.2.5. Do all DTM&PH courses count towards the tropEd degree?
2.2.6. Are the two years of field experience in low- and middle- income countries an entry or an exit requirement for the tropEd Masters Programme? Can it be completed as part of the 5-year Masters programme?
2.2.7. How is work experience in low- and middle-income countriescalculated?
2.2.8. How long does the programme take to complete?
2.2.9. How is the five-year study period calculated?
2.2.10. Can I switch home institutions within the tropEd network during my study period?
2.2.11. Are there any scholarships available for the Masters programme?
2.2.12. Can I enroll on the tropEd Masters Programme if I have already obtained a Masters degree?
2.2.13. What is a Learning Agreement?
2.2.14. What are the language requirements for the tropEd Masters Programme?

2.3. About optional modules

2.3.1. Where can I find the list of available courses and modules?
2.3.2. From whom can I get advice concerning the selection of optional modules at partner institutions?
2.3.3. How do I apply for the optional modules? Is there a simplified application procedures for tropEd students?
2.3.4. Are there any scholarships for students taking optionalmodules?
2.3.5. When and how are participants for the optional modules selected?
2.3.6. What are distance learning courses?
2.3.7. How many distanced-based courses I can take?
2.3.8. How much are the tuition fees for the advanced modules?
2.3.9. If the advanced modules are not full-time, can I apply for two courses that take place at the same time?
2.3.10. Are there any limitations to the number of ECTS credits that I can earn from a single institution?
2.3.11. If I take a course which is run by my home institution but the course venue is in another country, does it count as ECTS earned from home institution and the country of the home institution?
2.3.12. How are the ECTS credits I earned from other tropEd member institutions transferred to my home institution?

2.4. About Thesis

2.4.1. Which kind of topics can be researched for a tropEd Masters degree?
2.4.2. How many ECTS credits is the thesis work equivalent to?
2.4.3. Who will supervise my thesis?
2.4.4. How can I find a thesis supervisor?
2.4.5. What is the difference between the thesis outline and the thesis proposal?
2.4.6. Are there any guidelines for thesis writing?

2.5. About the degree

2.5.1. What kind of degree is delivered at the end of the Masters-study Programme within tropEd? In which countries will this be recognised?
2.5.2. Does a tropEd Masters degree give access to doctoral studies?
2.5.3. What is tropEd recognition?
2.5.4. How can I get a tropEd recognition?
2.5.5. Do the working experiences after thesis defense count towards the tropEd recognition?

2.6. Other questions from students

2.6.1. How can international students obtain a visa to study in Europe?
2.6.2. Is it obligatory to have a health insurance?
2.6.3. Do tropEd institutions offer language courses?
2.6.4. How can we find accommodation duirng study time?
2.6.5. Is there an alumni association for graduates of the tropEd network?
2.6.6. Does tropEd network offer courses at undergraduate or at doctoral level?
2.6.7. What are the terms of references for the tropEd student representative?
2.6.8. How is the student representative elected?

3. Questions from higher education institutions and other bodies active in the field of International Health

3.1. About membership

3.1.1. Who can apply tropEd membership?
3.1.2. When can we apply for tropEd membership?
3.1.3. How to apply for tropEd membership?
3.1.4. What is the condition to be a tropEd member?
3.1.5. Are there different kinds of membership within the tropEd network?
3.1.6. When does a membership get terminated?
3.1.7. How much is the tropEd annual membership fee?
3.1.8. Does the tropEd network receive funds for developing the Masters programme?
3.1.9. Do the members of the tropEd network have to sign contracts?
3.1.10. What is the term of references for tropEd representatives?

3.2. About course accreditation

3.2.1. What is tropEd accreditation?
3.2.2. Who can deliver an accredited course?
3.2.3. What would be count as an eligible course for tropEd accreditation?
3.2.4. What is ECTS and ECTS credit?
3.2.5. What is SIT and how is it calculated?
3.2.6. How many ECTS credits could be accredited for core courses?
3.2.7. How many ECTS credits could be accredited for advanced modules?
3.2.8. When should a course be submitted for accreditation?
3.2.9. How is the course assessed within the tropEd network?
3.2.10. How are the decisions of the GA regarding a course submission recorded?
3.2.11. How long is the accreditation valid and when should the course be re-accredited?
3.2.12. What is minor change vs. major change?
3.2.13. How to fill in the course submission form?

Frequently Asked Questions

1. General questions about tropEd Network

1. 1. What is tropEd?

tropEd is an international network of institutions for higher education in International Health. This unique network provides postgraduate opportunities for education and training contributing to sustainable development. tropEd focuses on improving the management of health services for disadvantaged populations. The innovative approach used in this network is based on mobility of students and staff, the exchange of experiences across different disciplines and the establishment of a common standards and criteria in education and training.

1.2. When was tropEd founded?

The concept of tropEd was initiated in the early 90s. In 1996, the tropEd European Network for Education in International Health was founded and the first tropEd General Assembly meeting was held in January that year. In 2003, tropEd was registered as an association in Germany. Since 2005, tropEd expanded the network globally through incorporating partner higher education institutions from Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

1.3. What are the objectives of the network?

tropEd aims to contribute to the sustainable development of human resources, particularly in low and middle-income societies in the field of International Health through promoting excellence in education and training, facilitating the exchange of knowledge and skills, encouraging interdisciplinary approaches, and fostering mobility and exchange of teachers and students.

1.4. Which institutions are members of the network?

The list of current tropEd members can be found from the tropEd webpage by clicking on the link of “tropEd institutions”.

1.5. Are there member institutions outside Europe?

Yes. So far there are eight non-European members within the tropEd network. They are in Bolivia, Thailand, China, Mexico, Tanzania, Indonesia and Vietnam.

1.6. What is a home institution?

The tropEd home institution is an entry point of the tropEd masters programme. It is the institution where you have your main registration. This institution delivers a tropEd accredited core course, allows credit accumulation and transfer from other tropEd member institutions under the ECTS, provides tutoring and guidance to students about the tropEd Masters programme, and delivers a Masters degree. In some cases, the home institution is also where you complete your Masters thesis, although in other cases you may complete this at a partner institution.

1.7. Which are the home institutions right now?

Right now there are ten tropEd home institutions. They are:

  • Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine
  • Copenhagen School of Global Health, University of Copenhagen
  • International Maternal and Child Health, Department of Womens and Childrens Health, Uppsala University
  • Institut für Tropenmedizin und Internationale Gesundheit, Charité - Universitätsmedizin, Humboldt und Freie Universität, Berlin
  • ISGlobal, Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Hospital Clínic – Universitat de Barcelona
  • Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Schweizerisches Tropen- und Public Health-Institut, Basel
  • Institute for International Health and Development, Queen Margaret University , Edinburgh
  • Institute for Global Health, University College London
  • Institute of Public Health, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg

    1.8. How is tropEd financed?

    tropEd is financed through the contribution of partner institutions through membership fees. The coordinating tasks are arranged through tropEd Secretariat, which is supported by these fees.

    1.9. How is the network coordinated?

    tropEd is a registered association with mutually agreed upon statutes, a rotating presidency, an elected executive committee and a well-established secretariat in Basel. The tropEd General Assembly and Quality Assurance Committee meets regularly three times per year with the addition of monthly phone conferences from the executive committee and the annual meeting of the tropEd Administrators’ Forum.

    1.10. Who are the current members of the Executive Committee?

    Members of the Executive Committee right now are:

  • President: Dr. Carina Källestål, Uppsala
  • President-Elect: Ms. Pauline Grys, Heidelberg
  • Past President: Govert van Heusden, Antwerp
  • Executive Secretary: Dr. Axel Hoffmann, Basel
  • Ex officio Member: Dr. Curt Lofgren, Umea

    2. Questions from Students

    2.1. About the masters programme

    2.1.1. What is the tropEd Masters and why can it do for me?

    The tropEd Masters Programme provides a unique synergy of experiencies and expertises of leading international health institutions within Europe, Asia,Africa and Latin America. As a health professional, it will equip you to work more effectively in a multicultural and multiprofessional environment, introduce you to multiple perspectives and offes a flexible study structure with the assurance of an international recognized education. You will benefit from the added value of the European tropEd Network label, which represents high quality education, cultural and linguistic diversity, equity and access (social aspects and gender equity), democracy, and unity of teaching and research; Lifelong learning: keeping contact through alumni network meetings and returning for further education and research; Enhancing the employability of graduates with a European masters degree; and so on.

    2.1.2. What is the difference between a Masters of Public Health and the TropEdMasters in International Health?

    International Health integrates multiple disciplines and sciences such as public health, tropical medicine, economics, management, social and political sciences. It has a clear geographical dimension with a focus on Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America, as well as apoverty dimension with a focus on low-income societies. This being said, a MIH degree is generally considered equivalent to the "older" MPH degree in regards to employability in International Organisations, where considered the MIH as an entry criterion.

    2.2. About the enrollment in tropEd

    2.2.1. Am I eligible for the tropEd Masters Programme?

    Selection of participants is guided by a programme emphasis on a multidisciplinary approach to international health. Students are recruited from a variety of backgrounds including medical doctors, nurses, social scientists, health educators, and health managers. Applicants must hold a first degree - at least equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree - in a relevant field. Each application is individually assessed by the home institution or, in the case of joint degrees, the consortium. Admission requirements vary slightly between home institutions.

    2.2.2. When should I apply for the tropEd Masters Programme?

    Please check the webpages of the tropEd home institutions. Application deadlines differ from institution to institution. Note that institutions begin their academic year in different months. The deadlines to apply also vary, from 2-6 months before the academic year begins.

    2.2.3. How do I apply for the tropEd Masters Programme?

    You should send your application to the tropEd Masters programme to the tropEd home institution where you wish to mainly be based. To apply specifically to the one-year Erasmus Mundus programme, you should send your application to the European MSc in International Health secretariat in Bordeaux.

    2.2.4. Which documents do I need to submit with my application?

    Each tropEd home institution has different guidelines concerning documents to submit with your application. The most frequently required documents include: curriculum vitae, academic degree certificatess or professional diplomas with academic transcripts, 1-2 page draft thesis proposal, personal statement, recommendation letters, English proficiency test results, work certificate, school-leaving certificate (university entrance qualification), photographs, copy of passport.

    2.2.5. Do all DTM&PH courses count towards the tropEd degree?

    Not always. Only the DTMPH course from tropEd home institutions can be recognized towards a tropEd Masters degree.

    2.2.6. Are the two years of field experience in low- and middle- income countries an entry or an exit requirement for the tropEd Masters Programme? Can it be completed as part of the 5-year Masters programme?

    The two year field-experience is a criterion which you must fulfil before you submit or defend your Masters thesis, in order for you to eligible for tropEd recognition of your degree. Students who choose a part-time study mode can work in between courses during the five-year period. If you complete your degree without meeting this criterion, you will not be eligible for tropEd recognition, although your home institution may still accept you on a programme and award you a degree. You can seek further details from individual institutions.

    2.2.7. How is work experience in low- and middle-income countries calculated?

    You should be physically present in a low- or middle-income country and working in a field in related to international health. Whether the job is paid or not is not decisive. Compulsory internship during study time for your the first degree is not to be counted for the working experiences towards the Masters degree.

    2.2.8. How long does the programme take to complete?

    You can choose a full time study plan for one year or a part-time study plan for up to a maximum of five years.

    2.2.9. How is the five-year study period calculated?

    The study period is calculated from the date that you start your core course to the date you complete all of your degree components, including any thesis defence. Interruption of study leaves officially granted by the home institution will not be included in calculating the 5-year period.

    2.2.10. Can I switch home institutions within the tropEd network during my study period?

    This will be depend on the regulations at your initial home institution and the institution you wish to transfer into. You will need to enquire at the specific home institutions.

    2.2.11. Are there any scholarships available for the Masters programme?

    Participating institutions may assist tropEd students in obtaining total or partial financial support. Students are, however, strongly encouraged to apply for financial support in their home countries.

    2.2.12. Can I enroll on the tropEd Masters Programme if I have already obtained a Masters degree?

    Candidates who already hold a masters degree related to international Health, e.g. Master of Public Health are not excluded from tropEd recognition of an MIH degree they complete at a partner institution. However, some home institutions may have selection criteria which means they would not offer you a place if you already have a similar degree.

    2.2.13. What is a Learning Agreement?

    As a tropEd student, you will agree your plan of study with the course director or programme tutor in your home institution. In some cases, you will need to sign a Learning Agreement which contains the list of course units or modules you plan to take. For each course unit/module, the title, the code number and the ECTS credit are indicated. The personal tutor or the person who has formal authority to commit the home institution will be the counterpart who signs this agreement. The Learning Agreement guarantees the transfer of credit for courses passed successfully by the student. Of course, it may happen that a programme of study must be modified since many students choose a part-time study period for five years. In such cases, the Learning Agreement must be amended as soon as possible and signed again by the two parties concerned. Only in this way can complete recognition of study results be guaranteed.

    2.2.14. What are the language requirements for the tropEd Masters Programme?

    The main languages of instruction within the tropEd network are English, French, and Spanish. A sound knowledge of the English language is considered necessary for the successful completion of the programme. Proficiency in English is required and must be demonstrated by a TOEFL score of at least 550 points paper-based or 213 points computer-based or 79-80 internet based, an IELTS band score of at least 6.0 or an equivalent approved test. Some institutions require the higher level of the English test result. To study in partner institutions where the main language of instruction is not English, you may have to provide evidence of equivalent proficiency in the relevant language.

    2.3. About optional modules

    2.3.1. Where can I find the list of available courses and modules?

    You can search for courses according to institution, time and keywords,etc. Since the dates of the courses are updated in a different time, you are strongly recommended to search the courses by institution.

    2.3.2. From whom can I get advice concerning the selection of optional modules at partner institutions?

    Your personal tutor or course director at your home institution will advise you on how to choose your optional modules. This is the person who will also sign any learning agreement with you.

    2.3.3. How do I apply for the optional modules? Is there a simplified application procedures for tropEd students?

    Most of the tropEd institutions have agreed on a simplified application procedure for tropEd students. When applying, you should state clearly that you are a tropEd participant and indicate your home institution. Normally only your application form and CV are needed in order to apply for optional modules.

    2.3.4. Are there any scholarships for students taking optionalmodules?

    Some of the courses offer scholarships for students coming from developing countries. For more detailed information please see the course descriptions on the tropEd website.

    2.3.5. When and how are participants for the optional modules selected?

    It is different from institution to institution. Some institutions will take the course participants based on first-come, first-serve policy; other institutions will select the participants after a certain deadline. For detailed information please refer to the course descriptions of each course from the tropEd webpage.

    2.3.6. What are distance learning courses?

    A distance learning course is any course in which all or most of the teaching is conducted by someone removed in space and/or time from the learner, with the effect that all or most of the communication between teachers and learners takes place through an artificial medium, either electronic or print.

    2.3.7. How many distanced-based courses I can take?

    To qualify for tropEd recognition, you can take a maximum of 10 ECTS credit points from distance-based optional modules.

    2.3.8. How much are the tuition fees for the advanced modules?

    The tuition fees of advanced modules are varied from free (Stockholm) to more than 500 Euro per ECTS credits (London SHTM). For detailed information concerning tuition fees, please see the course description of each module on the tropEd webpage. The difference between the tuition fees does not indicate the difference in quality levels of the courses. It is only based on the different policies agreed by different countries or states.

    2.3.9. If the advanced modules are not full-time, can I apply for two courses that take place at the same time?

    It is possible to apply for two part-time, optional modules at the same time only if the combined ECTS of the two modules does not exceed the maximum of 1.5 per week, and they do not have learning hours that take place at the same time, eg. course sessions, assessment due dates, etc. You would be expected to attend 100% of the contact sessions for each module, including lectures, group work, seminars, assessments, etc. You will not be granted extensions for course work submission, exams, etc. because you are taking a second course. The study plan must be discussed and agreed with your personal tutor or course director and duly signed. The principle is, that students are able to manage the workload of the two courses and can earn a maximum of 1,5 ECTS credits per week.

    2.3.10. Are there any limitations to the number of ECTS credits that I can earn from a single institution?

    To receive a tropEd degree in International Health(any Master degree in International Health awarded by a tropEd home institution), you must gain at least 60 ECTS credit points, of which at least 20-25 ECTS credit points must be from advanced modules. To receive a tropEd recognition of this Masters degree, students must gain a minimum of 10 ECTS credit points at other institutions than their home institution, and outside the country in which the home institution is based.

    2.3.11. If I take a course which is run by my home institution but the course venue is in another country, does it count as ECTS earned from home institution and the country of the home institution?

    These ECTS credits are counted as being from the home institution.

    2.3.12. How are the ECTS credits I earned from other tropEd member institutions transferred to my home institution?

    When a student has successfully completed advanced modules at the partner institutions, an original tropEd grade report will be sent to his/her home institution. In case these courses are listed in the learning agreement of the student, these ECTS credits will be included in the transcript of this student.

    2.4. About Thesis

    2.4.1. Which kind of topics can be researched for a tropEd Masters degree?

    All topics related to International Health, especially topics concerning low and middle-income societies can be selected as thesis topics for tropEd Masters Programme.

    2.4.2. How many ECTS credits is the thesis work equivalent to?

    A tropEd masters thesis is equivalent to 15 to 20 ECTS credits, depending on the institution.

    2.4.3. Who will supervise my thesis?

    Thesis supervisors should be an assistant professor, associate professor or a professor employed at the Faculty. External supervisors, depending on expertise/specialization may be appointed. External supervisors can be specialists working in other parts of the university, other universities, other research institutions or international organizations.

    2.4.4. How can I find a thesis supervisor?

    A thesis supervisor can be found during the study time of the core course and advanced modules. Personal tutors at the home institution will also assist students in finding a thesis supervisor based on his/her thesis outline.

    2.4.5. What is the difference between the thesis outline and the thesis proposal?

    The thesis outline is the first draft and it will help you clarify and streamline your ideas for you thesis. It will also help your personal tutor find a suitable thesis supervisor for you. Thesis writing is a learning process, it is likely that you may want to change and revise your outline later on. The thesis proposal is the document you will hand in to be counted as part of your Masters study. Once it has been approved, students should stick to the thesis proposal. Any changes to this will require a newly submitted thesis proposal.

    2.4.6. Are there any guidelines for thesis writing?

    The tropEd general thesis guidelines can be found in tropEd website. Each institution will also have its own guidelines, which you must follow.

    2.5. About the degree

    2.5.1. What kind of degree is delivered at the end of the Masters-study Programme within tropEd? In which countries will this be recognised?

    The tropEd network delivers recognition of Masters degree in International Health. It is worldwide recognized. tropEd has special arrangements with WHO regarding internships for tropEd students and alumni and is recognized by the European Commission and all European member states as one of the best teaching and training networks within Europe.

    2.5.2. Does a tropEd Masters degree give access to doctoral studies?

    The tropEd Master of Science degree in International Health qualifies the holder to apply for a research degree training programme (PhD) in certain countries. In some countries, e.g. Norway, a PhD programme will require a 120 ECTS credits master degree and therefore the tropEd degree will not be applicable.

    2.5.3. What is tropEd recognition?
    tropEd recognition is a statement about standards in education and training in the member institutions, as all provision is subject to external quality control. Eligibility for tropEd recognition demands that participants study in a minimum of two member institutions in different countries and have at least two years of field experience in low- and middle-income countries or an equivalent professional experience by the time tropEd recognition is requested.

    2.5.4. How can I get a tropEd recognition?

    After a student has completed his/her study, copy of his/her documents will be sent to the tropEd reviewers by the home institutions. After the reviewer proved the documents, qualified students will be awarded a certificate of tropEd recognition.

    2.5.5. Do the working experiences after thesis defense count towards the tropEd recognition?

    No.

    2.6. Other questions from students

    2.6.1. How can international students obtain a visa to study in Europe?

    Normally home institutions will offer you the admission letter to the Masters Programme in Europe. With this letter, you can start your study visa application. Letters will also be sent to the Embassies if necessary. More details please see handbook of Pre-Arrival and Registration Information.

    2.6.2. Is it obligatory to have a health insurance?

    To study in Europe, health insurance is necessary. tropEd home institutions will offer you detailled information and will assist you in signing a contract for health insurance. More details please see handbook of Pre-Arrival and Registration Information.

    2.6.3. Do tropEd institutions offer language courses?

    Most of tropEd member institutions offer learning support for the national language of the institutions (Danish, Dutch, French, German, Norwegian, and Swedish). Students will be offered free language classes at the respective universities’ language departments. In several institutions, free local language classes are held twice per week after lecture time specifically aimed at tropEd students participating in the core courses.

    2.6.4. How can we find accommodation duirng study time?

    In case you would like to ask the institution to help you in finding accommodation, a letter of authorization will need to be signed. Accommodation is usually organised in student hostels, campus apartments or through internal housing exchange programmes. This assistance is available to students via e-mail correspondence.More details please see handbook of Pre-Arrival and Registration Information. A tropEd student forum and group mails can also be used as the information pool in finding accommodation.

    2.6.5. Is there an alumni association for graduates of the tropEd network?

    An official Alumni association is under preparation.

    2.6.6. Does tropEd network offer courses at undergraduate or at doctoral level?

    At this moment tropEd offers only education at the master level. A joined PhD programme is being looked into but does not currently exist.

    2.6.7. What are the terms of references for the tropEd student representative?

    The elected student representative (SR) represents the students for two years at the General Assemblies (GA) which take place three times a year. The elected SR is regularly invited to actively participate in General Assembly meeting and in all of its ad-hoc task forces. If the SR is not able to participate, the vice SR replaces him or her at the meetings.
    Before the GA and the SR sends out an e-mail to all tropEd students, asking for comments and feedbacks related to the master programme. The collected information is presented by the SR in an anonymous way at the GA and the feedback as well as important news and developments of the tropEd network are communicated back to the students in an e-mail after the GA. The SR is also part of ad-hoc task forces of the network during these two years. At the end of the term of duty, the SR organizes the new elections for the new SR and communicates the results to all students and to all tropEd representatives.

    2.6.8. How is the student representative elected?
    Every two years, a new student representative (SR) is elected by the student population. This procedure is conducted by the current SR via e-mail. All tropEd students are asked to send a letter of motivation to the current SR if they are interested in being the new SR candidate. These letters of motivation are distributed by the current SR to all tropEd students and they are asked to vote for a SR and also to vote for a vice SR. The results of the elections are communicated to all tropEd students and also to all tropEd representatives.

    3. Questions from higher education institutions and other bodies active in the field of International Health

    3.1. About membership

    3.1.1. Who can apply tropEd membership?

    The tropEd Network is an association of recognized institutions of higher education, collaborating institutions and individuals who are active in the field of International Health. The tropEd Network seeks to collaborate with other networks and institutions with similar goals in this field. In view of the five-year tropEd priorities, the network will first and foremost concentrate on the European - African, European - Asian and European -Latin American collaborations, rather than embarking on collaborations with other industrialized countries.

    3.1.2. When can we apply for tropEd membership?

    A Letter of Intention could be sent to the tropEd Secretariat at any time. The representative of the applicant institution will be only invited to the tropEd General Assembly at one of the three time points a year during the meeting is holding, which is January, May and September.

    3.1.3. How to apply for tropEd membership?

    Based on the letter of intent sent by the institution, the tropEd Secretariat will invite the representative to join one of the tropEd General Assembly meetings and briefly present the institution and its teaching provision in the field of international health. If the GA agrees, tropEd will send a member of the General Assembly (who does not come from the same country, without any ongoing research and teaching collaboration and with experience in evaluation) to perform an at least two-day evaluation visit of the institute and assess the teaching and institutional arrangements based on a self-evaluation questionnaire and additionally discussions with students and teaching faculty. Travel and accommodation costs are to be covered by the evaluated institution. A site visit report will be presented to the GA at a later meeting with the presence of the applying institution and a decision on the intended membership will be taken then and there. The statutes will be signed by authorized representative of the new member. Self evaluation report should be sent within six months after the initial meeting. The application process should be complete within a year.

    3.1.4. What is the condition to be a tropEd member?

    For detailed information concerning the tropEd members, please refer to the tropEd statutes, Chapters 4 to 7.

    3.1.5. Are there different kinds of membership within the tropEd network?

    tropEd has three types of memberships: Institutional full members, collaborating institutions and individual members. To be a full member, an institution needs to offer at least one course or module to the tropEd Masters Programme and be recognised as an institution of higher education by a national authority. Other institutions of relevance to International Health, including those which may offer specific courses of interest to the network, but are not institutes of higher education, may join as collaborating institutions. Individuals who are active in and/or provide relevant contributions to the tropEd Network, may join the association as individual members.

    3.1.6. When does a membership get terminated?

    Members are expected to participate at least once a year in General Assembly meetings and to be in regular contact with the Secretariat. Collaborating institutions overseas can partcipate the meetings in person once every two years and with virtual media once every year. Institutions which do not participate in any of the activities or meetings or which have not paid their membership fee during the period of one year or have not submitted the tropEd membership annual report will receive a reminder from the Executive Committee/Secretariat and will be regarded as having withdrawn from the network if no satisfactory response is given within three months. Normally, members that do not offer courses or modules during two consecutive academic years will be excluded as full members, but may continue as Collaborating Institutions.

    3.1.7. How much is the tropEd annual membership fee?

    According to tropEd statutes article 5 and amendment 1, Art. 1.1, the annual membership fee for a tropEd full member is 1500 Eruo; According to tropEd statutes article 6 and amendment 1, Art. 1.2, the annual membership fee for a tropEd Collaborating institution is 500 Eruo. According to tropEd statutes article 7 and amendment1, Art. 1.3, the annual membership fee for an individual member is 50 Eruo.

    3.1.8. Does the tropEd network receive funds for developing the Masters programme?

    tropEd is open to any sponsors who would like to support the tropEd goals.

    3.1.9. Do the members of the tropEd network have to sign contracts?

    tropEd members will sign the tropEd statutes which is considered the agreement between tropEd member institutions.

    3.1.10. What is the term of references for tropEd representatives?

    The tropEd representative should regularly join the tropEd General Assembly meetings, should implement and follow-up the decisions from the GA in the respective institutions, should answer the queries and requests of tropEd students timely, should actively participate in the tropEd activities such as task forces, working groups, etc, should ensure the provision of necessary student and course documents, hand-in the tropEd membership annual report and should also represent tropEd in the respective institutions and outside.

    3.2. About course accreditation

    3.2.1. What is tropEd accreditation?

    tropEd accreditation is the formal recognition of a course by the tropEd General Assembly in accordance with the tropEd Standard Quality Framework. Once a course has been accredited, it is listed in the tropEd course database and presented on the tropEd webpage. An accredited course meets tropEd quality assurance requirements. Only the ECTS credits from an accredited course can be transferred and accumulated towards the Master of Science degree in International Health, after the students have successfully completed this unit.

    3.2.2. Who can deliver an accredited course?

    Only tropEd recognised member institutions are eligible to offer tropEd-accredited courses. The submission of a course for accreditation can only be initiated after the tropEd membership of the submitting institution has been confirmed by the tropEd General Assembly. Once membership has been terminated for any reason, the accredited courses of this institution will be automatically deleted from the tropEd webpage. While the course can be facilitated by any lecturer, the submission for accreditation must be done through the tropEd representative of the member institution.

    3.2.3. What would be count as an eligible course for tropEd accreditation?

    tropEd accredited courses are offered to postgraduate students, especially for those in the Master of Science programme in International Health. The level of an advanced module needs to be demonstrated higher than that of the core courses. Topics and contents of the courses should be relevant to International Health. tropEd courses should be modularised and suitable for the mobility of tropEd students.

    3.2.4. What is ECTS and ECTS credit?

    The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a student-centred system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme of study. Its aim is to facilitate the recognition of study periods undertaken abroad by mobile students through the transfer of credits. ECTS is based on the principle that 60 credits are equivalent to the workload of a full-time student during one academic year.

    3.2.5. What is SIT and how is it calculated?

    Student workload can be calculated through Student Investment Time (SIT). SIT consists of all the time required to complete planned learning activities such as attending lectures, seminars, independent and private study, preparation of projects, examinations, and so forth and it is allocated to all educational components of a study programme (such as modules, courses, placements, dissertation work, etc.). It reflects the quantity of work in each component required to achieve its specific objectives or learning outcomes. According to tropEd consensus, 25-30 hours SIT is equal to one ECTS credit point. A full working week can not have more than 45 hours SIT. There is no direct link between contact hours and credits. SIT only represent student workload measured in time and says nothing about the academic level of a course or the prestige of a teacher/lecturer.

    3.2.6. How many ECTS credits could be accredited for core courses?

    15 to 20 ECTS can be accredited for a tropEd core course.

    3.2.7. How many ECTS credits could be accredited for advanced modules?

    A tropEd advanced module can be accredited between 1,5 ECTS credit points to 12 ECTS credit points.

    3.2.8. When should a course be submitted for accreditation?

    A full accreditation submission form prepared in accordance with these guidelines should be submitted to the tropEd Secretariat by e-mail at least two weeks prior to the tropEd General Assembly meeting. If received late, it will be kept for the next GA meeting four months later. Two weeks before the GA meeting, the tropEd Secretariat will compile a course list and send it together with all course descriptions to all GA members. GA members will be able to download the course descriptions accordingly.

    It is important to have the member institution representative attend the GA meeting if modules from this institution are submitted for accreditation or re-accreditation.

    3.2.9. How is the course assessed within the tropEd network?

    During the tropEd General Assembly meeting, each course will be reviewed by all GA members and two rapporteurs will give comments on eligibility, relevance, and coherence of the course, together with a suggestion for the appropriate course accreditation category. After an open discussion within the GA, a final decision will be made, recorded in the minutes and sent to all GA members.

    3.2.10. How are the decisions of the GA regarding a course submission recorded?

    The decision on course accreditations is recorded in four categories:

  • Category 1: Accredited. The module will be included in the course list on the tropEd website and in the tropEd database of courses without delay.
  • Category 2: Accepted with minor changes. The revised course/module description will be sent to the tropEd Secretariat accompanied by a statement describing which changes have been made. The EC will review the new course description for final accreditation during a phone conference. Once accredited, the module will be included in the course list on the tropEd website and in the tropEd database of courses. The EC will inform tropEd members at the next GA meeting about all modules which have been accredited since the last GA meeting. The validation period of a Category 2 is one year. In case the revised course description has not been submitted to the EC within one year, it should be submitted to the GA again.
  • Category 3: Accepted with major changes. Re-submission to the GA is necessary. The revised course/module description will be sent to the tropEd Secretariat accompanied by a statement describing the changes which have been made.
  • Category 4: Rejected. A completely new submission to the GA is necessary.

    3.2.11. How long is the accreditation valid and when should the course be re-accredited?

    Courses are accredited for a five year period. Once accredited, courses are not automatically re-accredited.

    Re-accreditation is necessary every 5 years or at any time when major modifications are made to a course/module.

    The validation period for each accredited course is shown on the tropEd website. The course will be deleted from the internet if re-accreditation has not been initiated by the date shown.

    Four years after accreditation, a reminder e-mail will be sent by the tropEd Secretariat. Institutes should start the re-accreditation process within the last year of the existing accreditation period.

    3.2.12. What is minor change vs. major change?

    A minor change could be the change of wording of course title; change of the course language; change of course attendance; change of course coordinator; change of course fee etc.

    A major change could be of SIT and ECTS credit points; of course venue; of course objectives and contents; of learning methods and assessment methods; of prerequisites for the participants or change of selection criteria etc.

    3.2.13. How to fill in the course submission form?

    A Handbook for tropEd course accreditation is available at the tropEd Secretariat. Please contact ning.beyer@unibas.ch for enquiries.

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