Harvard in war-torn Afghanistan? German eLearning Provider Makes it Happen

German eLearning provider Lecturio has launched MEDI, a new and groundbreaking Medical Education Development Initiative that aims to support medical capability building by addressing the shortfall of experienced medical instructors in developing and emerging countries. Institutions and development organizations worldwide can apply to this program and receive world-class learning medical eLearning resources.

Now, Lecturio has announced that the Afghan medical universities in Kabul and Balkh are the first members of MEDI. In March 2017, they began a major pilot project to integrate Lecturio’s online courses into their curricula. By following the notably successful blended learning method, students will be able to use this learning tool—even on their mobile devices—to complement their conventional classes. They will benefit from more than 500 hours of high-quality online video lectures given by hand-picked, award-winning medical instructors from the world’s most renowned medical faculties such as Harvard, Yale or Brown.

The content of the courses is updated and expanded regularly and conforms to the internationally upheld standards set by the MCAT and USMLE in the U.S. Martin Schlichte, CEO of Lecturio, says: “A world with vanishing physical and practically non-existing digital borders should not be hesitant about spreading specialized knowledge, particularly in such a vital area as medicine. In this context, we see it as our mission to make high quality medical education available for projects and institutions that improve health care and health systems all over the world.

We want to support the process of rebuilding the medical education system in Afghanistan to do our bit to make the world a healthier place.” Prof. Shriniaqa Zarif, President of Kabul Medical University has already expressed his high hopes in the program: “I am convinced that digitized learning content is essential to address the shortfall of qualified medical instructors and to maintain a consistently high teaching quality in universities throughout the entire country.

That’s why we are more than happy about our partnership with Lecturio that supports us with world-class teaching material and a modern technology to deliver the video-content to our students.” About Lecturio: Lecturio is a leading international eLearning platform for medical video education, serving students as well as universities and medical institutions. Founded in Germany’s historic publishing center of Leipzig in 2008, it has advanced to become one of the major players in the eLearning market in Europe.

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