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Front. Immunol. | doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2019.02012

Immunology Education without Borders

  • 1University of Kiel, Germany
  • 2University of Toronto, Canada
  • 3University of Cape Town, South Africa

One of the mandates of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) is to promote immunological education to young scientists across the globe, including a large focus on those from low and low-to-middle income countries (LIC and LMIC). It strives to achieve this goal through the Education Committee (EDU), which is one of ten committees of the IUIS. To this end, EDU organizes three to four one-week courses per year in close cooperation with regional immunological societies and local organizers. Initially, the focus has been on Africa, addressing the most relevant topics and health issues facing specific countries or regions in the continent. The idea was then extended to Latin America and now also includes courses in Asia. The faculty of all courses is a blend of international and local/regional experts also known for their teaching expertise. The courses are highly interactive, and include “meet-the-speakers” sessions, poster walks, and sessions on grant or PhD project writing, and on practical aspects of becoming a successful scientist. Importantly, all the IUIS-EDU courses use a combination of pre- and during-course on-line learning followed by consolidation of knowledge in a collegial setting. This “flipped” classroom approach ensures that participants have acquired the basic knowledge needed to optimize their participation in the course. Immunopaedia is the IUIS-endorsed immunology learning site used for this purpose. All faculty members are requested to contribute material related to their specific topic while students must learn the on-line material before coming in person to the course.

Keywords: IUIS, Educaton Committee, Immunopaedia, Online & Higher Education, immunology course

Received: 18 Jun 2019; Accepted: 08 Aug 2019.

Edited by:

John G. Frelinger, University of Rochester, United States

Reviewed by:

Elizabeth A. Repasky, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, University at Buffalo, United States
Ramil Sapinoro, St. John Fisher College, United States  

Copyright: © 2019 Kabelitz, Letarte and Gray. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mx. Dieter Kabelitz, University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany,