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New international Master's programme for students from Germany, Kenya and South Africa

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In cooperation with partner universities in Africa, the Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences (HNU) is introducing the Master of Health Information Management degree course within the framework of a programme run by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). For this purpose, the DAAD is placing over €280,000 at HNU's disposal – financed by funds from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

With the Health Information Management Master’s programme, HNU is expanding its range of degree courses for both African and German healthcare specialists. An international team of professors made up of lecturers from HNU and the partner universities in Kenya and South Africa will impart knowledge on the subject of applied information and communication technology and healthcare facility management. The curriculum will also include intercultural communication. From October 2013, 24 students per year from the three countries will learn how to optimise processes in African healthcare facilities using the latest information and communication technology under the leadership of Neu-Ulm professor Dr Olaf Jacob. The German-African degree course is based on the expertise of the Information Management and Healthcare Management faculties at HNU.

Within the framework of the DAAD programme "ICT Measures for Africa", the aim is to train qualified specialist personnel in health information management in Africa. At the same time, facility specialists and service providers to the German IT and healthcare sector will be taught skills that are relevant to Africa. "Up to now, there were very few health informatics degree courses available in Africa, especially ones with a technical focus. In the new Master’s degree course, students not only gain IT know-how, but are also taught well-founded business management expertise, which makes it a valuable addition," explained Dr Olaf Jacob, professor at HNU.