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Berlin, 20 December 2018

AMSE has signed Memorandum of Understanding with World Health Summit (WHS)

AMSE and WHS support the active integration of all relevant disciplines and sectors to encourage the development of synergies and innovations for the improvement of better health and wellbeing of humanity.

With the present agreement, the undersigned organisations reiterate their intention to strategic cooperation and mutual assistance. The collaboration especially aims to: 

  • intensify the dialogue between both organizations
  • assist each other in developing content and concepts 
  • give mutual support to each other's events through communication and presence

WHS will try to give appropriate attention to the topics most relevant to AMSE, provide suitable opportunities for its representatives to present AMSE's work, and take part in the conferences. AMSE will in return distribute relevant information about the WHS among their members and in their network.

WHS was founded in 2009 on the 300-year anniversary of the Charite - Universitätsmedizin Berlin /Germany and has developed into one of the most importanti nternational conferences in the field of Global Health. The topics range from basic medical research to public policy. Under the claim "Science-Innovation-Policies" the Summit takes place annually in October in Berlin with 300 speakers and attracts over 2,500 participants. WHS brings together representatives from academia, politics, civil society and the private sector to tackle today's and tomorrow's health challenges worldwide and set a science based health agenda. The academic backbone of WHS is the "M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centres, Universities and NationalAcademies" which now has 25 members from 18 countries.


Berlin, 17 December 2018

AMSE at the 5th Global Conference in cooperation with EASPA and support of INQAAHE

10 - 11 December 2018, Berlin /Germany

The world of Higher Education is rapidly changing and so are the challenges the community is facing. On the Conference, entitled “The dawning of a new era of Higher Education quality assurance – what can we expect from the future?”, many prominent speakers (ENQA, EQAR, UNESCO, ECFMG, European Council, ..) and an international audience from all around the world discussed and learned about the latest developments in this field. Main topics were:

  • How can universities make best use of institutional and program accreditation models?
  • Mutual recognition of Higher Education – what new instruments are currently developed and implemented?
  • How to measure the impact of internal and external accreditation? Accreditation and Student Achievement – how to deal best with the issue of measuring achieved learning outcomes in HE?
  • What promising alternative models of QA in Higher Education are currently operating?
  • Learning from the world – what is new in Higher Education in Asia, Africa, and the Arab World?

Furthermore, new developments of QA in various HE disciplines (medicine, informatics, chemistry, business, engineering, ..) were discussed in separate workshops. In the medical sector e.g., the fact that as of 2023 only graduates of WFME accredited medical programs will be permitted to work and research in the United States will be of interest. Prof. William Pinsky (ECFMG) gave some insight in this US initiative and Prof. Peter Dieter (AMSE) talked about a new initiative for QA assurance in WHO Europe.


Berlin, 22 October 2018

AMSE at the World Health Summit (WHS), 14 – 16 October 2018, Berlin / Germany


Under the high patronage of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the President of France Emmanuel Macron and the President of the European Union Jean-Claude Juncker the World Health Summit 2018 in Berlin welcomed about 2,400 participants and 300 speakers from over 100 nations.

Some of the highlights were certainly Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation, presenting the “Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All”, 300 speakers from all different sectors and professions taking part in the discussions, the World Doctors Orchestra performing at the Opening Ceremony and Commander Alexander Gerst’s video message from the ISS in outer space.

On its 10th anniversary, WHS had the privilege to collaborate with the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A Joint Plenary Session with, among others, Angela Merkel, the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Microsoft Founder Bill Gates, and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, was proof of the strong support for jointly progressing towards achieving the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.

In the workshop “Global Health in Academic Institutions” the importance of “Global Health Issues” in the education of medical doctors and other health care workers for the 21st century was highlighted.

AMSE-President Peter Dieter could make contact with many participants, he introduced AMSE and its quality assurance program which was very well received.

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Berlin, 11 October 2018

The Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE) 2018 Regular Conference & General Assembly: Best Practice for Research Teaching in Medical Schools in WHO Europe

4 – 6 October 2018, Pécs / Hungary


The conference at Szentágothai Research Center and at the Medical School of University of Pécs aimed to attract members of European medical faculties, from deans to researchers, teachers and students. Community building and networking is a central mission of AMSE and represents a benefit to those who joined the conference. In the first two days, the sessions focused on the best practices for research teaching and introduced some prize winning students’ researches.

We could great 91 registered participants from 14 different WHO countries. During the sessions, following scientific topics were presented or discussed: student researcher’s presentations on medical issues, the best practices for research teaching, demonstrator activity at the Medical School, University of Pécs, integrating research in curriculum in other countries than Hungary, migration, health communication and “hard-to reach” communities.

We also had a poster visiting session where PhD. students competed for a free participation at the International Medical Postgraduate Conference in Hradec Kralove.

One of the offered workshops introduced the highly new trend of bio-printing and the other discussed good practice and strategies in international communication.

During our social events participants could visit the 3D Print Center, the Medi Skills Lab, and a World Heritage Site (Cella Septichora) where also dinner was provided.  On the second day the dinner was offered in a traditional Hungarian “csárda” (restaurant) and wine tasting of the Villány wine region was also organized.

Booklet of the conference:

Local Organizing Committee:

Prof. Gábor L. Kovács member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, University of Pécs
Dr. Andrea Tamás Department of Anatomy, University of Pécs
Dr. Zsófia Duga Head of Admission and Hungarian Student Service Center 
Korinna Kajtár Medical School Registrar's Office
Dr. Péter Maróti Department of Public Health Medicine, PTE 3D Print Center 

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Berlin, 12 September 2018

Successful acquisition of an Erasmus project “Development of innovative training solutions in the field of functional evaluation aimed at updating of the curricula of health sciences schools.”


Under the guidance of the Politechnika Slaska, Gliwice, Poland, AMSE has successfully been granted an Erasmus Project “Development of innovative training solutions in the field of functional evaluation aimed at updating of the curricula of health sciences schools”. The project will be financially supported from November 2018 to October 2020 with a total of 211.471 Euro. It is intended that the results of this project will be sustainable and they will be focused on enriching the training currently provided at health sciences schools, also facing the deficit of skills that Europe suffers today. Apart from Politechnika Slaska and AMSE the project consortium is formed by Instituto de Biomecanica de Valencia (SPAIN) and Universitat de Valencia (SPAIN).

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Berlin, 7 September 2018

AMSE at the AMEE Conference, 25-29 August 2018, Basel / Switzerland


Co-organised symposium of AMSE and AMEE

The key theme of the symposium was “Are medical schools selecting students with the appropriate values for 21st century medicine?”

The well-attended symposium was chaired by Valerie WASS (UK) and Peter DIETER (AMSE). A number of international speakers, Katrina DIMA (IFMSA), Harm Peters (AMSE), Sharon PETERS (Canada) and Trudie ROBERTS (AMEE) gave introductory presentations at the beginning and offered a range of views:

Trudie ROBERTS pointed out challenges of the future role of a doctor and current thinking. Katrina DIMA showed the IFMSA perspective. Sharon ROBERTS emphasised the need to diversity which embraces the humanities and technical skills, and Harm PETERS referred to the future need for a much wider perspective to address socioeconomics and digital health with the need for wider degrees to embrace business management etc.

All participants discussed with the speakers and chairs different aspects of the theme of the symposium such as questions about western standards and how they can be used for developing countries, learning from developing countries how they face the problem, if MMIs are the answers.

AMEE Faculty Development Committee

The AMEE Faculty Development:

  • had a booth giving information to interested colleagues
  • offered a symposium “Faculty Development for Organizational Change”, chaired by Yvonne STEINERT and Miriam BOILLAT
  • an open meeting with an emphasis on research on Faculty Development and
  • hold the Faculty Development Committee Meeting with the new members.

AMEE Executive Meeting

Peter DIETER as President of AMSE was invited to attend the Executive Meeting. He gave a presentation on AMSE and its activities. He also was elected to be a member of the AMEE Executive Committee.

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Berlin, 5 June 2018

AMSE at the XIII IREG 9 Conference at Hasselt, Belgium, 23-25 May 2018, Hasselt / Belgium


The meeting was entitled “Ranking and Accreditation – two roads to the same goal?” Accreditation and ranking have been, until recently, perceived as two separate areas in the sphere of evaluation of higher education, each serving a different purpose. This perception, however, is changing. The aim of this IREG-9 Conference was to analyse the relations between accreditation and rankings in the context of challenges facing higher education and its quality.

Accreditation is focused primarily on the quality of teaching is academic and made for students and parents, while the rankings are focused on the quality of research and made for the public. Accreditation measures the quality of the inputs into education while rankings measure the outcomes of a higher academic institution. By working together, it is possible to use the best practices of both specialties to maintain strong and consistent educational standards in growing and quickly evolving landscape of higher education.

The meeting brought together leading ranking specialists whereas specialists in accreditation were underrepresented.

As an accreditation specialist, Peter Dieter could contribute important issues from the accreditation side to the audience and by doing this building a bridge between accreditation and ranking. He also gave an inside into the accreditation and rankings in medicine and introduced AMSE and its quality assurance program which was very well received.


About IREG

IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence (IREG Observatory) is an international institutional non-profit association of ranking organisations, universities and other bodies interested in university rankings and academic excellence. Its purpose is strengthening of public awareness and understanding of range of issues related to university rankings and academic excellence.

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Berlin, 4 May 2018

AMSE at the at the World Health Summit Regional Meeting, 19 – 20 April 2018, Coimbra / Portugal


The meeting was entitled “We are creating together the Future of Global Health”. In 20 workshops and 4 key lectures, topics such as Biomedical Education for a Changing World, How to change the Curricula to include Global Heallth and many others were discussed. The meeting brought together leading researchers, physicians, government officials and representatives from industry, non-governmental organisations and healthcare systems worldwide.

Peter Dieter could get contact to many participants and introduced AMSE and its quality assurance program which was very well received.

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