Learning and development

Fostering an influential cancer community with the skills, knowledge, networks and resources to achieve effective cancer prevention and control.  

Participants of a workshop at the 2022 World Cancer Congress in Geneva, Switzerland (October 2022)

Through its tailored initiatives, programmes and platforms, UICC provides its members with opportunities to build their skills, learn from experts, share experiences with like-minded organisations and benefit from seed funding for their projects. 

UICC harnesses the expertise of the global cancer community and its own experience of delivering learning and development opportunities for more than 50 years to respond to its members’ needs and maximise their impact in their own regions. 

The UICC’s learning and development opportunities for members tackle a wide range of interdisciplinary areas and topics, including organisational leadership, national advocacy and patient engagement. Processes and modes of support are designed to best suit the different programmes and initiatives to ensure their relevance and accessibility: organisational or individual, virtual or in-person, cohort-based or on-demand.

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UICC’s online learning offer has evolved over the years and now includes a dedicated eLearning platform, which hosts a range of self-paced and cohort-based online courses.

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UICC has a long history of building capacity for cancer organisations globally through grant making.

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Established in 1962, the Fellowships programme is one of UICC's oldest and most established initiative. Its objective is to strengthen workforce capacity in cancer control by facilitating the exchange of knowledge, expertise and technical skills in cancer prevention, early detection and diagnosis, treatment and palliative care. 

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UICC's organisational leadership workstream leverages UICC platforms and catalyses external expertise to build the leadership, management and organisational know-how of the UICC membership.

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The Cancer Advocates programme strengthens the ability of UICC Member organisations in low- and middle-income countries to advocate more efficiently for improved cancer control. 

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UICC's Virtual Dialogues provide members, and the cancer community, with regular opportunities to connect, exchange knowledge, access expert insights and share solutions from the comfort of one's office or home.

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The Patient Group Mentoring programme is a tailored mentorship programme dedicated to building capacity of a representative cohort of patient groups at the regional level.

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Spotlight: online learning

UICC’s online learning offer has evolved over the years and now includes a dedicated eLearning platform hosting a range of both self-paced and cohort-based online courses.

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Open and upcoming calls

Find the latest learning and development opportunities right here:

Applications open Opportunity

13 September - 26 October 2023

Essentials of leadership and management for civil society organisations (CSOs) in cancer control: applications open to join 6-month online training programme. Find out more.

13 September - 26 October 2023

Le leadership et la gestion des organisations de la société civile (OSC) dans la lutte contre le cancer: les candidatures sont ouvertes pour participer au programme de formation en ligne de 6 mois. En savoir plus.

13 September - 26 October 2023

Liderazgo y gestión para las organizaciones de la sociedad civil (OSC) en el control del cáncer: solicitudes abiertas para participar en un programa de formación en línea de 6 meses de duración. Más información.


Self-guided online courses are available on-demand for UICC members all year-long on the UICC eLearning platform. 


Solidarity Fund: accepting calls for grants to aid Ukrainian cancer patients. Find out more.


Latest news and blog articles about learning and development

Leadership course for civil society organisations

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Strengthening national strategy to improve early detection of breast cancer in El Salvador

Staff of the the Asociación Salvadoreña para la Prevención del Cáncer (ASAPRECAN) standing in front of their offices, a house with a swimming pool
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UICC welcomes 22 organisations to its Cancer Advocates programme for 2023/2024

Staff member of Avesto in Tajikistan advocating for better breast cancer control
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New online training course on leadership and management for UICC civil society organisation (CSO) members

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UICC wins Digital Communication Award for "Let's Talk Cancer" podcast series

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Embracing the power of supportive care

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"I am so grateful for this course and addressing these issues and functionality in a way that is informative and also dispels the beliefs and taboo language and process around sexuality. So good to openly discuss and have good questions to ask. Thank you to the team who put this together and to the lecturers who gave their time and experience - such a well rounded course"
Participant from Master Course on 'Sexuality Issues in Cancer Care'
World Cancer Congress, Melbourne, Australia
“UICC has pioneered the development of a tailor-made programme to support CEOs of cancer organisations in their leadership role and to help them address today’s challenges in the rapidly changing environment of cancer control. As a CEO myself, I was excited to experience these opportunities to mingle with peers, exchange thoughts and views, and hear about best practice case studies. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to attend the sessions and meet other CEOs in the cancer field.” 
Maria Jocelyn Kara Alikpala, Chief Executive Officer
"Being a UICC fellow is an outstanding opportunity to sharpen skills across different areas of cancer research and receive exceptional training to become a leader in the field of cancer control. It is also a valuable route to furthering career development, adding value to the work of one’s home institution and expanding professional networks."
Chris Wild, Director of IARC speaking at the 2016 WCLS
Christopher P. Wild, PhD, ICRETT Fellow 1984 and 1992 and former Director

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Monday 27 November 2023

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