Collaborating Centres

IRSC will focus its initial efforts on the 100 or so developing countries with the worst fatality rates in the World. It will identify one or more partner universities in those countries and assist them to introduce road safety research and road safety teaching into relevant university and police academy courses. IRSC will provide free textbooks and lecture materials that can be used by local academics. Once such materials are in regular use, such partner universities will be designated “IRSC Collaborating centres” and will help develop road safety activities in their subregions of the developing world. These partner universities will be encouraged to translate and print the free textbooks and teaching materials into local languages so that they can be distributed widely to maximise spread of knowledge on safety issues to other colleges and universities in their country. Costs of translation / printing / distribution can be recovered by Collaborating centres making a small charge for such documents/ materials.

Each collaborating centre will be asked to identify other universities and police academies in their own country and in neighbouring countries to whom IRSC translated teaching materials have been distributed. The collaborating centres will act as the IRSC local ambassadors to promote IRSC aims and objectives to encourage other universities and police academies to start using IRSC materials in teaching road safety to their students. This will , over time , increase the number of technical experts made aware of road safety issues in each country and help to create a growing core of safety aware individuals and a body of scientific knowledge on local road safety issues to help improve road safety in their country. Other universities and police academies, once they can demonstrate they are using IRSC resources to teach or to do road safety research, may themselves apply to become IRSC collaborating centres.