20 January 2023

COBL DKK 5 million application approved by NNF


The University of Copenhagen’s Centre for Online and Blended Learning (COBL) and the Section of Global Health, in partnership with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), and the Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore, has secured funding for a two-year institutional capacity development project.

COBL works with NNF

The project, which is part of the larger Novo Nordic Foundation (NNF) Partnership for Education of Health Professionals (PEP) initiative, aims to improve health professions education (HPE) in India and with a particular focus on prevention, treatment, and care of cardiometabolic diseases (CMDs).

The overall aim of the capacity development activities is to support AIIMS Delhi, PHFI, and CMC Vellore as they carry out a range of activities, ultimately leading to the establishment of centres of excellence in health professions education. The role of the centres of excellence will be to experiment and develop new approaches to teaching and learning and to support and scale up the use of good practices at weaker health professions education institutions in rural and underserved areas across India.

The activities will focus primarily on pre-service education and strengthening internal capacity through academic development and training of supporting staff at teaching-learning units. Collaborative activities include consultations on the establishment and running of central teaching-learning units, supervision and mentoring for educational research projects, co-development and facilitation of webinars, workshops for academic development and teaching-learning specialists, as well as joint production of online modules and courses.

The project will take place between January 2023 and December 2024.

Results from the first phase of the project

Between June and August 2022 COBL and the Public Health Foundation of India undertook a study on digital education in Indian Health Professions Education to provide contextual knowledge and expert inputs into the first phase of the larger NNF project Partnership for Education of Health Professionals PEP. Read the summary of the findings