The ASPIRE award programme was established to go beyond the traditional accreditation process, and to identify, recognise and reward world-class excellence in education. The aim of the programme is to highlight, showcase and exemplify best-practice in healthcare professions education, improving the education process and outcomes of other institutions around the world.

Each year applications open for Medical, Dental and Veterinary schools from across the globe to submit examples of their greatest achievements in a variety of areas, to be assessed against the defined criteria for excellence, set by a board and panels of international leaders and experts in the field, as well as practicing teachers and students.

The Areas of Excellence

Schools can opt to be assessed and submit applications for ASPIRE to excellence awards in any of the following areas: 

  • Assessment of Students
  • Curriculum Development
  • Faculty Development
  • Inspirational Approaches to Health Professions Education
  • Simulation
  • Social Accountability of the school
  • Student Engagement in the curriculum and in the school
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • International Collaboration in Health Profession's Education

The criteria for excellence in each area is set and assessed by international leaders and experts in each field, as well as practicing teachers and students.


What are the Benefits of Winning

Winning an ASPIRE to Excellence award comes with a number of reputational benefits, highlighting your institution nationally and internationally as a global leader in the areas awarded. 
Winning institutions can also clearly demonstrate to their students, staff and other stakeholders that the quest for excellence in education is part of their school’s vision and mission, and can also highlight that the educational experience at the school, in the awarded areas, is amongst the best available in the world. 

Your institution also becomes part of an exclusive network of ASPIRE winning schools recognized for their excellence in education.  Explore the list of winning institutions from previous years on the ASPIRE website.

How to Apply

Full details on the criteria for each of the award areas  and information about the submission process , including how to apply for each, can be found on the ASPIRE website. Once submitted, each application is be reviewed by a team of three assessors who submit a report to be considered by the relevant ASPIRE panel. Recommendations from the panel are then endorsed by the ASPIRE Board. 

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