Center for Tropical Medicine of FK-KMK Launched Wikitropica and HITIHE Platform

FK-KMK UGM. Center for Tropical Medicine Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing UGM together with 12 other global institutions, launched the WikiTropica and HITIHE platforms on Thursday (8/9) at the Swiss-Belboutique Hotel, Yogyakarta.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, many changes have occurred in all sectors, including education. This condition encourages academics to think harder in order to provide maximum education for all students.

Prof. dr. Yodi Mahendradhata, M.Sc., Ph.D., FRSPH as Dean of FK-KMK UGM said that the future of health education is very open with technological developments. “Our collaboration in developing an open access platform is not just creating an educational website. More than that, this open access platform can be used as a forum for collaboration and exchange of knowledge between students, lecturers and researchers,” he added.

HITIHE UGM Principle Investigator, Prof. dr. E. Elsa Herdiana Murhandarwati, M.Kes., Ph.D revealed that UGM has a commitment to implement the Tri Dharma of Higher Education to the fullest. “One of them is through the development of WikiTropica and HITIHE which can provide many benefits for higher education,” he explained.

UGM plays an important role in the consortium behind WikiTropica. Academics and clinicians from the Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing (FK-KMK), UGM, collaborated to develop comprehensive online learning materials that reflect the situation in Indonesia.

WikiTropica is part of the HITIHE project, a collaborative network of health professionals, which seeks to improve the quality of health education in Southeast Asia. HITIHE is a collaboration between Belgium (The Institute of Tropical Medicine-ITM), Cambodia (Institute of Technology Cambodia, University of Health Sciences, National Institute of Public Health), Indonesia (Gadjah Mada University and Sebelas Maret University), Spain (Sant Joan de Déu, Vall d’Hebron, ISGLOBAL), and the Netherlands (University of Maastricht). This project has been implemented thanks to the support of the European Union’s Erasmus+ Program and the Directorate General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance (WGD) of the Belgian Government. (Nirwana/Reporter)

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