AIMS & OBJECTIVES
In accordance with its mandate and with the
provisions of the Agreement signed between the United Nations and
the Government of Malta, the Institute's main objectives are to
fulfill the training needs of developing countries and to facilitate
the implementation of the Vienna International Plan of Action on
The Institute provides multi-disciplinary education and training
in specific areas related to Ageing, and also acts as a catalyst
as regards the exchange of information on issues concerned with
Since 1995 INIA has also started conducting training programmes in various countries throughout the world. Each “in situ” training programme is tailored to the respective country’s needs. During the past 18 years, INIA has conducted 83 such programmes in Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belarus, Federative Republic of Brazil, People’s Republic of China, Egypt, Republic of Ghana, Republic of India, State of Kuwait, Republic of Macedonia, Malaysia, United Mexican States, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Panama, Republic of the Philippines, State of Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Republic of Singapore, Republic of South Africa, Kingdom of Thailand, Tunisian Republic, Republic of Turkey, and United Arab Emirates. 2442 participants have benefited from these programmes.
These Training Programmes are for persons, coming from developing
countries, who hold positions as policy-makers, planners, programme
executives, educators, professionals and para-professionals who
work, or intend to work, in the field of ageing or with older persons.
The Training Programmes are further reinforced by the Institute's
other activities, these being: data collection, documentation, information
exchange, technical co-operation as well as research and publications.
INIA has thus carried out Research Projects, hosted expert group
meetings, and offered Consultancy Services. The Institute is also
mandated to act catalytically, and to operate through a network
of co-operative cost-sharing arrangements, internationally regionally
and nationally in co-operation with the United Nations and its agencies,
the Regional Commissions and governmental and non-governmental organisations.
The Institute operates under
the guidance of an International Board consisting of nine members.
The Chairperson of the Board and six members are appointed by the
Secretary-General of the United Nations, with due regard to the
principle of equitable geographical distribution and two members
are appointed by the Government of Malta. The term of office of
the Board is of three years.