The spirit of cooperation: towards the independent operation of partners
One of EHESP’s missions is to help to transfer and apply expertise. The application of knowledge does not imply substitution, in that there is no intention of taking the place of those involved locally (to teach, organise, manage, etc), but rather of helping them to develop their own human resources in their specific context. A successful co-operation programme knows how to stop at the time when the partner is able to take control and be independent in the long term, training professionals from their own country. Teaching engineering organised by the EHESP usually takes place in situ and brings together round the programme leader appointed by the EHESP, a team of experts from both countries. This team may be up to thirty strong for the more ambitious programmes.
Recognised skill centres
There is a requirement for skills as well as for training, the two often being closely linked. The EHESP is often consulted with respect to management of health and welfare establishments, health and welfare policies, inspection practices, assessment, audit and inspection, environmental health and health engineering, management of medicaments, risk management, etc.
EHESP has developed a wide range of training and research partnerships with universities in Europe and the Mediterranean region (Denmark, Germany, Lebanon, Poland, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom); in the Americas (Bolivia, Brazil, Canada and the USA); in Africa (Burkina Faso and Mali) and in Asia (China, Laos and Vietnam).