In-depth seminar with students of the IUBH International Health Care Management programme
Not only Germany, but all European countries are facing a major demographic challenge: a steep rise in life expectancy. This has consequences for the planning of economic resources in the healthcare sector. Dr M. Huber, coordinator for this division at the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, reported on the latest findings of the World Health Organization in an in-depth seminar with students of the IUBH International Health Care Management programme. "I am delighted that our master students are able to take this opportunity to test their theoretical knowledge with international experts," said Prof Dr M. Köksal, director of the degree programme at the campus in Bad Honnef. In particular, the emphasis of the students' agenda was high-level discussions about international health care systems. The latter is one of five subjects taught at the IUBH campus. The main issues were the financial burden of an ageing population and the strain on pension funds. From the perspective of the WHO in Copenhagen, a paradigm shift in the health care industry not only appears likely in Germany. As calculated by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the ratio is expected to decline from three employees to one person over 65 in 2020 to 1:1 in 2035. To conclude the day, students were given a personal tour of the UN campus building to capture first-hand impressions of the working atmosphere in an international institution.