PPE: Partnership in Postgraduate Education

Education and Advanced Training of Scientific Personnel from Cooperating Countries

Short Description

The aim of this project is to establish or deepen cooperation with partner countries on equal footing in order to give scientific personnel from these countries access to new technologies and methods in the field of laboratory diagnostics and epidemiology.

Qualified scientists from partner countries are given the opportunity to conduct research on a specific issue or to participate a workshop to learn new methodologies and thereby acquire additional skills. The knowledge transfer is based on the train-the-trainer concept, i.e. after their stay at the RKI, guests should be able to pass on the acquired knowledge in their home countries. The project is aimed primarily at personnel who already have a permanent position in the public health service or laboratory in their home country and can thus serve as multipliers.

Aims of the Project

  • Provide training and continuing education for staff from public health organizations/university institutions/laboratories in partner countries
  • Offer administrative support during the stay of the visiting scientists in Berlin

Since 2017, scientists from the following countries have been supported by PPE:

  • 2017: Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Sudan
  • 2018: Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Peru, Tajikistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria
  • 2019: South Africa, Tunisia, the Philippines, Nigeria
  • 2020: A total of 9 visiting scientists from Côte d’Ivoire, Tunisia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Tajikistan were planned. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak only 3 guests from Sri Lanka and Nigeria were able to come.
  • 2021: Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Tunisia
  • 2022: Planned are Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Guinea, Montenegro, Namibia and Sri Lanka.

In Cooperation with

  • Centre Muraz (CM), Burkina Faso
  • University Teaching Hospital (CHU Bouaké), Côte d’Ivoire
  • Kinshasa University Hospital, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria
  • Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Nigeria
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
  • University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Naval Hospital Medical Center (Hospital Centro Médico Naval), Peru
  • Epidemiology Bureau, Department of Health, Philippines
  • University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa
  • Colombo Teaching Hospital-Ragama, Sri Lanka
  • Central Laboratory, Sudan
  • Avicenna Tajik State Medical University (ATSMU), Tajikistan
  • Charles Nicolle Hospital, Tunisia


Last update: August 2022



01.01.2016 - 31.12.2022


ca. 50,000 EUR

Partner Countries

  • Worldwide

Implementing Institution

Robert Koch Institute