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Being an official WHO Collaboration Centre makes the Bachelor's Degree in Global Nutrition and Health part of a strong international network.

A WHO Collaboration Centre

The Bachelor's Degree in Global Nutrition and Health under the Faculty of Health and Technology, Metropolitan University College, is designated as a WHO Collaboration Centre (WHO CC) for a four year period (2010-2013). The Metropolitan University College is hereby part of a global network comprising 80 other WHO Collaboration Centres, five of which are in Europe.

What is a WHO Collaboration Centre?

The Who Collaboration Centres (WHOOC'S) are a highly valued mechanism of cooperation in which relevant institutions are designated by WHO to support the implementation and achievement of the Organisation's planned strategic objectives at the regional and global levels; enchanting the scientific validity of its global health work; as well as developing and strengthening institutional capacity in countries and regions.

Prior to the establishment of the Centre, we regularly passed on our research results to WHO and EU projects dealing with nutrition and health in Europe, especially projects looking at the relationship between obesity and inequality, such as EURO-PREVOB and PolMark. In addition, staff at Global Nutrition and Health were involved in organizing the Move for Health days in 2008 and 2009

Metropolitan research and development consultant Aileen Robertson, one of the key figures in the work with WHO


A WHO Collaborating Centre is an institution designated by the Director-General to form part of an international collaborative network carrying out activities in support of the Organisation's programmes at all levels.
WHO gains access to top centres worldwide and the institutional capacity to support its work and ensure the scientific validity of global health work.

A result of years of collaboration

Global Nutrition and Health's cooperation with the World Health Organisation  began in 2006, and in recent years, the programme has worked with the WHO on a number of projects.

A seal of approval for the Bachelor Programme

Being a WHO Collaboration Centre brings many advantages for the bachelor programme:

  • It enhances our visibility, vital for our marketing programme
  • It is essential for the programme's global objectives, that we receive many applications from potential student from different parts of the world
  • It opens the possibility for international collaboration with other WHO CCs
  • It opens the possibility of establishing international internship placements and agreements under WHO auspices increasing the possibilities for teachers and student to participate in research projects
  • It will help students to find internship places and work
  • It will increase job satisfaction

I am convinced that Global Nutrition and Health's designation as a WHO Collaboration Centre will have a positive impact on the future development and growth of the programme. It is a seal of approval that will be important for recruiting staff and students. 

Hanne Gillett, Head of the Bachelor Programme in Global Nutrition and Health

Future focus on inequality and nutrition

Future collaboration with the WHO will include research into nutrition, obesity and social inequality, courses and training in specific nutrition issues, and summer schools with nutrition training, e.g. for doctors and nurses. Study trips and internships will also be on the agenda.