WHO Academy Groundbreaking Ceremony Expanding Access to Critical Learning

Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, today broke ground for the WHO Academy’s campus in the French city of Lyon.

During the event at Lyon’s Cité Internationale, President Macron and Dr Tedros reviewed an architectural model of the building and  talked via video-link with health workers who have participated in the Academy’s Mass Casualty Management programme, which is already operating in several countries including France, Greece, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Somalia. WHO See Recording Here

When it opens in 2024, the WHO Academy campus in Lyon will:

  • Harness the capabilities of new, high-impact technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and serious educational games to deliver health learning for maximum impact.
  • Formally recognize the competencies gained by learners through “digital credentials” that they can show to employers and regulatory agencies to help advance their careers.
  • Offer more than 100 major learning programmes by 2023, with flagship credentialed programmes for COVID-19 Vaccine Equity, Universal Health Coverage, Health Emergencies and Healthier Lives. The Academy will also offer its learners streamlined access to WHO’s full breadth of hundreds of e-learning programmes currently spread over 20 digital learning platforms as well as access to high quality learning programmes developed by others. 

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