Researching in Sri Lanka with UCPH – University of Copenhagen

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17 August 2016

Researching in Sri Lanka with UCPH

Summer Course

Students from nine different countries are collecting data and conducting research in Sri Lanka as part of a UPCH international summer course on Global Health.

Abirami Srivarathan, a Danish student of Public Health at the University of Copenhagen whose parents are from Sri Lanka, translates as villagers and tea plantation workers talk with the 27 students who are part of the “Cross-disciplinary Field Course on Global Health and Research”, which takes place in Sri Lanka. Photo: Justin Robert Yee.

28 students from nine different countries and across approx. 10 different professions have exchanged their regular teaching with fieldwork on the summer course, “Cross-disciplinary Field Course on Global Health and Research”. They work across cultures, languages and professions and they gain practical experience as they assist local researchers, conduct interviews and collect samples.

The summer course is the result of collaborations between UCPH and two Sri Lankan universities – the University of Peradeniya in Kandy in the central province and Rajarata University of Sri Lanka in Anuradhapura in the northern province.

Students from the summer course visit a doctor’s clinic at one of Sri Lanka’s many tea plantations. Photo: Justin Robert Yee.

The “Cross-disciplinary Field Course on Global Health and Research”, which takes place in Sri Lanka in August, is the result of collaborations between UCPH, the University of Peradeniya and the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka.

Group photo including the coordinators from The University of Peradeniya. Photo: Justin Robert Yee

“Parts of the teaching is very traditional, while other parts are much more active and include field visits, among other things. And the research is much more applicable than in Northern Europe, for example, where research is much more theoretical. Here, students quite literally get their hands dirty and they also help collect samples,” says Thilde Reinländer.

She has no doubts that the summer course will strengthen UCPH’s collaborations with international researchers and universities. And students will also greatly improve their method application and study designs. At the same time, they also gain valuable insights into cultural and lingual challenges.

“Students return highly motivated and inspired, because they’ve been afforded an opportunity to raise their gaze and see something new. They have quite simply been given input to self-learning,” Thilde Reinländer concludes.

Summer courses at SUND 2016

  • SUND concludes 14 summer courses
  • 450 were accepted – 630 applied

Summer courses at UCPH 2016

  • In total there will be approx. 200 summer courses (BA, MA, PhD and EVU)
  • There are 135 BA and MA courses
  • The BA’s and MA’s under the UCPH International Summer Programme covers 59 of the 135
  • There are participants from 59 countries, including Syria, Ghana, DRC, the Netherlands, Germany, the US, Canada, Italy, Norway, Spain, Ireland, GB, Singapore, Vietnam, Slovenia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Ecuador.