Since 2005 Maastricht University (UM) and SHE jointly with Suez Canal University (SCU), Egypt are offering a joint programme in Health Professionals Education. The rationale behind this joint programme is to combine the academic UM experience as a pioneering problem-based school in Europe with the practical SCU experience as a pioneering community-oriented and problem-based school in the Eastern Mediterranean region. The programme is based upon the MHPE curriculum and further adapted and modified to fit the contextual learning needs. Our aim is to develop future leaders by increasing their competences in health professions education tailor to their relevant professional context.

Joint Master of Health Professions Education (JMHPE)

Partnerships background

UM and SCU were both founding members of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). Being both problem-based medical schools, they are quite alike in their institutional objectives, educational strategies, and training plans. Due to its geographical position in the heart of the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Egypt is a suitable place for this programme. Accommodation is very affordable, and the Egyptian culture is close to that of other countries in the region.

JMHPE Programme

The JMHPE program is a one year programme. It is completely conducted through distance learning and guided by staff of both institutions. The curriculum has a six-week unit structure, during which students concentrate on specific subjects. In each of the units, various contributing disciplines are organised around a central theme. The JMHPE programme is an annual 52 weeks (1 calendar year) credit hour based study. Upon completion of the programme students/fellows receive a certificate from Suez Canal University, with recognition of UM contributions. The overall theme of the curriculum is the competencies required of an educationalist in the health professions domain. 


The programme is focusing on the acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant to career development and research in health professions education.

Graduates will be able to:

  • understand and critically evaluate the theoretical and empirical literature, in particular as it relates to education for the health professions, 
  • design, plan and implement a relevant course for health professionals based on rational principles of learning and instruction, 
  • design, plan and implement an adequate process evaluation and student assessment strategy, 
  • show evidence of the ability to provide scientifically based advice and help to teachers, curriculum committees or management of an educational institution, and of implementation skills, 
  • show evidence of teaching skills, 
  • conduct an empirical study on a topic of relevance to the field, including the formulation of a question of interest, the design of the study, collection of reliable and valid data, statistical analyses relevant to the data collected and writing a report on the findings, 
  • develop vision, lead change, and manage information, time, crisis, and resolve conflicts.

Teaching method

Learning-by-doing is central to the curriculum, both as an object of study and as a method of learning. The instructional method used within the curriculum is problem- based learning. Strong emphasis is placed on practical exercises, since the ability to apply the acquired knowledge is of paramount importance, particularly to health professions education. Students can immediately apply the insights to their own situation.

Distance learning

The Joint Master in Health Professions Education (JMHPE) programme is conducted 100% through distance learning. Distance-education is supported by electronic block books. Interaction between students and staff is web-based. Distance learning reduces the costs of full attendance, accommodation and other living costs in the Netherlands, and adds more relevance to health conditions in the region. Distance education is supported by the electronic Black Board (virtual classroom). Interaction between participants and staff is web-based. For that reason, students are strongly advised to find access to reliable electronic communication networks (Internet) in their countries.

Registration Date

There are four moments per round at which a Fellow can start the program:

  • Batch 1: start of Unit 1 (end of March)
  • Batch 2: start of Unit 4 (end of July)
  • Batch 3: start of Unit 7 (end of October)
  • Batch 4: start of Unit 9 (end of December)

A fellow will graduate after successful completion of the nine units. Fellows who start have approximately 24 months to finish the program, i.e. until the Graduation ceremony 2 years from their start of the program. The Graduation ceremony is held each year in April.


The teaching staffs consists of faculty members of both Universities and originate from the Eastern Mediterranean Region and the Netherlands. They work under the guidance of the JMHPE Programme Directors Prof. Wagdy Talaat PhD, Head of Medical Education Department Faculty of Medicine Suez Canal University Egypt and Dominique Waterval PhD, Coordinator MHPE International Partner Programmes of SHE, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Admissions and application procedure

Graduate from all Health Profession Education Institutions are accepted for registration (e.g., health sciences, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, dentistry, pharmacy, speech therapy). No fixed time for registration. You can register any time all around the year, start the programme from any point, join the current unit, and graduate after your successful completion of the nine units. The minimum duration of the Master Course is one year and the maximum is three years.

Send an e-mail to medfomscu1@gmail.com with your wish to register and we will send you all the requirements for registration.

Tuition Fees

The total fee of the program is €7800, to be paid in 2 installments:

  • €2600 to Suez Canal University. Payment deadline is the Fellow’s starting moment in the program.
  • €5200 to Maastricht University. Payment deadline is 3 months after the Fellow’s starting moment in the program. Fellows will receive an invoice for this installment 2 months after their start in the program.

This fee covers all teaching, library services, costs of learning materials, postage and handling.

For more details, please visit the website https://www.themedfomscu.com/ 
or email: medfomscu1@gmail.com


Graduation of the 14th batch of the Joint Master of Health Professions Education between Maastricht University and Suez Canal University. April 21st 2019