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Within the international framework of standards and regulations as laid out by OIE and WTO (with its SPS agreement) human capacity building in the field of veterinary public health in the Southeast Asian region is in increasing demand. In order to address these issues the 1st MSc-VPH Course has been launched in October 2003 by the partner universities Chiang Mai University (CMU) in Thailand and the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB); the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna / Austria with its Institute of Meat Hygiene, Meat Technology and Food Science is the third and junior partner within the EU ASIA LINK Programme which provides substantial financial co-funding. The 24-months MSc Course is implemented as a Joint Degree (“Dual Award”) Programme, with 14 young veterinarians from Asia. Course programme and structure are presented; experiences with the implementation of the curriculum and the study concepts are reported.