areas of drug addiction and distance education. The result has been the creation of UNIREDDROGAS, a network composed of the following universities:
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Fundación Universitaria Luis Amigó, Colombia (FUMLAN) Universidad Estatal a Distancia, Costa Rica (UNED) Universidad Miguel Hernández, España (UMH) Universidad de Deusto, España (UD) Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia de España (UNED) Universidad Nacional Federico Villareal, Perú (UNFV) Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Perú (UPCH) Universidad Nacional Experimental Simón Rodríguez, Caracas,
These eight universities, with technical assistance provided by the Executive Secretariat of CICAD have the task of designing a joint curriculum that meets current and future professional needs in the areas of prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, social reintegration, and research. Virtual instruction is combined with a supervised compulsory practical component, as well as on-site examinations at the end of each course semester. Students will also be required to prepare a thesis on of applied research that is in keeping with M.A. course requirements and can provides further knowledge in the countries where the course is offered. The M.A. course is designed to be completed in two years, with approximately 20 hours of study per week.
To date, two student intakes have completed or are close to completing the course; a third is due to start in the near future:
♦ 2002-2004: 127 students, 19 countries and 52 cities ♦ 2004-2006: 82 students, 21 countries and 75 cities
♦ 2006-2008: Enrolment opened in March 2005