Each year, the Erasmus Summer Programme provides international students and professionals with an invaluable opportunity to spend three weeks in Holland, bringing themselves right up to date in the health sciences.
In just three weeks, the Erasmus Summer Programme provides 30 courses on state-of-the-art biomedical topics. Each course is designed to fully satisfy the needs of international students with a specific interest such as clinical medicine, general practice, public health, epidemiology, genetics or biostatistics.
A key part in the Erasmus Summer Programme is played by the Fellowships: three suites of courses that provide top-level instruction in clinical research training, public health research, and genetic epidemiology. Each Fellowship is a stimulating challenge for talented young scientists who seek leading careers in scientific research.
Between them, the Erasmus Summer Programme and the Fellowships make a vital contribution to life-long learning and the professional development of students and teachers. By attracting ever greater interest each year, they reveal the enormous international demand for a springboard to an MSc or PhD in quantitative medicine or public health research.
University of Pécs, Medical School, Department of Public Health, Hungary
“The Erasmus Summer Programme is a great source of expertise and inspiration for young researchers. It provides not only theory, but focuses also on the needs of experts in their daily practice. Participants learn from the biggest names in epidemiology and public health. Besides the high quality of the programme, the atmosphere is very nice. It provides lots of contacts with other young researchers from all over the world. I was delighted to take part in 2009 and I strongly recommend it to other young epidemiologists and public health experts. I plan to take part again in the future”.
University of Indonesia, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Child Health
“The Erasmus Summer Programme 2009 provided me with a lot of new insights for my daily research practice. It tought me the core of epidemiology in a simple and practical way. The curriculum is well structured, theory and practice well balanced, and the faculty was just outstanding. The programme also provided plenty of time to make new friends. I met a lot of great young researchers, who came from all over the world. Those three weeks were the most fantastic research-training experience in my whole life. I learnt a lot, met many researchers, and enjoyed the beauty of Holland, especially the City of Rotterdam. My dear colleagues, welcome to the Erasmus Summer Programme, study well, socialize, and travel a lot. Then you will have the same fantastic experience as I did.”
Ministry of Health CDC; Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran
“I believe the Erasmus Summer Programme is one of the world’s top research-training events in Public Health and Epidemiology. It makes young researchers familiar with the nuggets of the medical sciences. The lectures and the practicals are mostly problem-oriented and make a practical contribution to routine researches and work experiences. I am applying many statistical and epidemiological methods in my daily practice. The curriculum is well written and participants will meet a lot of students and professionals from other countries. A great opportunity to share ideas and build scientific contacts. To me it was a very fantastic experience and if I could participate again, I would”.
Nepal – Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
“I learned a lot about theoretical concepts, scientific principles and other public health research methods in the Erasmus Summer Programme 2009. This vibrant course provides valid information on the methodological rigour to establish the causality among the factors in chosen hypothesis. It provides advanced public health insights for health scientists to maintain the scientific relationship between theory, knowledge and research methodology. The way Erasmus MC is educating public health researchers from all over the world is a contribution to global humanity. I am applying lots of principles and methods in my academic publications, which I have learned in ESP”.
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Faculty of Medicine, Brazil
“I had the great opportunity to take part in the Erasmus Summer Programme and to spend nine months conducting research at the renowned Erasmus MC. In the Erasmus Summer Programme I attended classes which gave me the chance to meet students from all over the world and work alongside professors who were experts in their field. I could learn about research methodology, advanced statistics techniques, and also creative teaching styles, which made learning much more interesting. During my time at Erasmus MC I felt I was at the cutting edge of my field, and I was surrounded by people who were passionate and committed to their work. The things I learned during this time will stay with me, and I will continue to apply them in my professional and academic life.”