Motto: The world is changing,
and global migration
is contributing to that change.

On behalf of the CHANCE Consortium and the University of Pécs Medical School we have the honour to invite you to the 1st Conference on Tackling Health Inequalities in Europe - Through Human Resource Capacity Building, in Pécs, Hungary on 5-7 Sept 2013.

The number of migrants in the enlarged European Union (EU) is increasing rapidly. Assistance tailored to migrants` needs is an essential prerequisite of their smooth and successful integration that is not only a humanitarian obligation but a clear economic benefit as well. Although this rapidly increasing need for specially trained professionals capable of coping with this complex, multidisciplinary task – where health, human rights and intercultural aspects are equally represented – is more and more recognised, at present there is a significant shortage in formal higher education programs, aiming to build the human resource capacity that is properly trained to address this new challenge.

MSc in Migrant Health: Addressing New Challenges in Europe – CHANCE is a curriculum developing project co-funded by EACEA ERASMUS Lifelong Learning Program (2010) and coordinated by the University of Pécs. This conference will serve as an event where the members of the CHANCE Consortium:

Danube University Krems

Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald

Medizinische Universität Graz

Pavol Jozef Šafárik University Košice

University of East Anglia

University of Pécs and

EURIPA as associated member

will introduce the newly developed MSc program.

In the same time we will use this opportunity for providing scientific forum for an overview and exchange of opinions, how currently the European higher education system is coping with those challenges that the smooth and successful integration of migrants and ethnic minorities requires in a multicultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious environment. 

We hope that the city of Pécs that was acting as European Cultural Capital in 2010 under the slogan: ‘City without borders’ will provide inspiring and magnificent atmosphere for the conference.

Pécs is mentioned at the 38th position on the list called to ‘The 46 Places to Go in 2013’ composed by ‘The New York Times’. Our town situated on the list as the single place from Hungary.

István Szilárd
Senior Scientific Advisor
Chair of the Local Scientific Committee