e -Biosafety - A South-South Biosafety Training Network

Biotechnology is transforming the industry. It is an integral part of the knowledge-based economy and the main driver for the creation of new types of enterprises and the revitalisation of old industries.

Numerous new products are emerging from the use of modern biotechnology, such as:

Biotechnology applications are also creating new opportunities in the process industries (e.g. food, paper and pulp, textiles and leather, mining) as well as in environmental clean up (bio- and phyto-remediation). For the developing world, biotechnology promises better health, food security as well as wealth creation through increased industrial productivity.

However, capturing the benefits of biotechnology ultimately depends not only on technological capacities but also on institutions that ensure that public and environmental health are not compromised by its application.

The abilities of developing countries to institute adequate safety systems and enforce regulation in biotechnology are vital elements in their efforts to exploit current and emerging biotechnology opportunities. It is widely recognised that the lack of expertise in regulation is a major bottleneck for these countries to reap the benefits of biotechnology at the research, industry and government level. The need to strengthen professional expertise in biosafety has thus become a priority of national and international efforts.

The UNIDO e-Biosafety training network is intended to meet this need. It addresses the demand of biosafety regulatory systems in developing countries for intensive training in biosafety. International experts with decades long experience in modern biotechnology have developed the curriculum in modular format drawing from best practices in distance education and instructional design.

The programme offers a unique combination of distance learning with on-campus training. While the core curriculum is the same for all network nodes, each node gives special emphasis on regional priorities and approaches to regulation.

The programme provides comprehensive information on:

and develops advanced skills in:

The programme targets professionals:

The structure of the UNIDO e-Biosafety Training Programme ensures that trainees from different backgrounds such as life sciences, social sciences, law or economics successfully acquire the skills necessary to gain proficiency in basic biotechnological knowledge, regulatory concepts and risk assessment procedures. The programme is delivered in modular form covering the entire range of disciplines related to biosafety. For each module, students engage in real time online tutorials and the preparation of specific training assignments. The modular character allows the material to be tailored to specific regional or national needs.

The UNIDO e-Biosafety Training network is unique in several respects:

The programme is currently given in cooperation with the following universities:

UNIDO holds no responsibility for acceptance of applicants to the training courses or for the academic accreditation of student’s degrees. Those, as well as any study fees that may be charged, are subject to the academic regulations of the respective universities who host the training courses.

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