A city’s heartbeat: HEIs in the health ecosystem

Tuesday 23 May 2017 -
16:15 to 17:30

How can universities help create healthier cities?

Universities are embedded in the health of their cities and communities; they play an active role in medical research and innovation, training and educating the health workforce of the future.  With the determinants of health and well-being in our cities including a range of aspects – people, lifestyle, community, economy, natural and built environments, health policy is no longer the sole concern of health care professionals – it has become central to national policy and city planning.  As anchor institutions, universities are uniquely placed to play a major part in the health ecosystem that works towards a more integrated approach to health and wellbeing.

This session will discuss the role of a university as the heart of a healthy city and consider the creative thinking and multi-disciplinary approach needed to ensure health and wellbeing are an integral part of the wider workings of a city.



  • Molly Corbett Broad, President, American Council of Education, USA (Chair) 
  • Professor Mohamed Aboussalah, Permanent Under Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education Scientific Research and Executive Training, Morocco
  • Professor Brian Cantor, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford, UK
  • Tina Rafidi, Director of Palestine and Arabic studies program (PAS), Birzeit University, Occupied Palestinian Territories