I could not be happier to welcome you as the proud Founder of EDU, an Institution of Higher Education we are so invested in, and so proud of.
In the spirit of new beginnings, I would like to share a small story with you. It is a story about communication. It is a story about identifying problems. And, perhaps most importantly, it is a story about the power of ideas and teamwork. Ultimately, it is the story of how we came up with the concept for the EDU. A degree smarter.
The idea came to me some years ago when my son was still studying medicine. Given my career as a medical university professor, and my son’s medical studies, our conversations often revolved around the world of medical education and the state of global healthcare. Almost inevitably, our discussions would turn into reflections on just how much of the traditional system needed to improve.
One thing was crystal clear; existing institutions of medical education simply could not train enough healthcare workers, fast enough, to cover the global community’s tremendous and growing needs.
It was equally clear that countless numbers of capable people around the world who were interested in studying medicine, and who were passionate about pursuing careers as doctors, could not access the educations they needed.
What could we do to change this? How could we make it possible for talented young people all over the world to gain access to quality higher education in medicine, and to go out and provide medical care where it was needed most?
These conversations and these questions led to the ideas which subsequently materialized into the nucleus of EDU’s raison d’être; that modernising and optimising access to online medical education addresses the root of the overall health care shortage. That high quality medical education should be accessible to anyone in the world passionate about studying medicine.
Because of our fundamental commitment to innovation, it was of equal importance that the most effective and modern philosophies in education and learning, be at the heart of EDU’s accredited degree programmes.
Central to the student experience at EDU is a highly interactive, immersive, democratic learner-centred approach. Not only will you be learning practical skills in medical hospitals under the supervision of experienced professionals from the very beginning, your theoretical study will be in small groups, where you will learn how to solve medical problems, and how to research and discuss topics in a collaborative, rewarding team-based spirit.
You will be supported every step of the way, not just by our expert tutors and mentors, but by your teammates as well. This collaborative learning approach will see you develop a unique skill set which prepares you for the realities of your future work environments.
It is to prepare you for the nuances of the real world that our curriculum emphasizes the acquisition of soft skills – such as communications skills – so crucial to being a successful doctor.
We at EDU believe that we have created a degree course that enables you not only to pursue your vocation, but also to build a broad network of future colleagues through our learning platform, which will accompany you throughout your life, and contribute to your appetite for lifelong learning.
Not only will you receive the medical education of a lifetime, you will also be joining us in our mission to help expand on and transform the global health workforce, in support of the WHO’s Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health.
Finally, I encourage you to reach out to us throughout your studies. Learning is a collaborative process, and we are eager to hear from and learn from you. Your ideas help us tailor a better, fuller, and ultimately more rewarding experience for us all.
All I can do now is to wish you every success in this exciting period of your life!
Professor A. Hoeft
Founder of the EDU College of Medicine