The International Interdisciplinary Summer Institute is an educational event organized and offered by the GHO. It provides faculty from around the world with an opportunity to exchange ideas, share experiences and learn about McMaster's educational methodologies. The Institute engages experts in curriculum development, student evaluation, e-learning and faculty development.
Over the past 7 years, the GHO has welcomed participants from 24 institutions across 16 countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Thailand, South Korea, Portugal, South Africa, Brazil and Denmark. Most participants are educators responsible for curriculum and educational planning and represent various disciplines such as medicine, nursing, pharmaceutical science, scientific journalism and midwifery.
The 8th International Interdisciplinary Summer Institute
Over three, two-week periods from May to June, 2014, a total of 94 participants from Thailand and South Africa attended this year's Institute. The Ministry of Public Health in Thailand sent 82 delegates from Praboromarajchanok Institute of Health Workforce Development (PIHWD) to learn about McMaster's educational methodologies, including Problem-Based Learning. Faculty comprised educational administrators, pharmacists, nurses and public health professionals. A second group of 12 delegates, including health administrators, midwives and nurses from North West University (NWU) South Africa attended in the final week of June 2014. The delegation commemorates the closure of a five-year capacity-building partnership between McMaster and NWU.