ICUDDR is a global consortium of universities which offer graduate and postgraduate study programs specifically focusing on the transfer and adaptation of science-based knowledge regarding the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. The Consortium provides a collaborative forum to support and share curricula and experiences in the teaching and training of this knowledge as well as to promote and encourage the recruitment of persons interested in the research, prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and public health. The ICUDDR provides an opportunity for universities and institutions of higher learning to share their expertise as well as to support instructors/faculty, trainers, and students in their learning and adoption of the science of substance use disorders.
ICUDDR members have an opportunity to engage in the discussion and process of creating and implementing addiction studies programs. Members can access profiles of other university programs in addiction studies, and share information regarding course sequences, academic standards and requirements, and credentialing systems and international certificates for substance use professionals. ICUDDR promotes and supports research and scientific activities among its members. As a global initiative, members of the Consortium are part of an international body which collaborates and maintains connections relationships with other international organizations supporting the expansion of science-based education, research, prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. These include the WHO, NIDA, UNODC, EMCDDA, ISAJE, ISSUP, SPR, EUSPR and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).