Global health: a pivotal role for universities?

Monday 01 June 2015 -
13:30 to 14:45
Session 2.6. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

Global health is everybody's business. The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa served to demonstrate the multiplicity of stakeholders and contributors involved – from global agencies such as the WHO and United Nations, national governments, public and private sector organisations to universities, NGOs and the general public. Included within these was a huge range of professional, academic and management expertise.    

As shared health concerns move rapidly beyond national boundaries to become major global challenges, our speakers address the questions: what role do universities play and how pivotal is that to successful solutions? How does this influence universities’ missions, impact on their operating structures and shape their research, teaching and other activities? What are the opportunities, risks and challenges – and how well prepared are universities to respond to these?  

The session includes a case study of CCOUC, a centre established jointly by Oxford University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong to carry out research, training and community knowledge transfer in the area of disaster and medical humanitarian response in the Asia Pacific Region. The study reflects on the criticality and challenge of working with multidisciplinary groups in different environments, the importance of networks and the need to think and act differently. It highlights risks (such as allowing students exposure to particular experiences), the complexity of achieving academic excellence at the same time as social innovation and some of the trade-offs that need to be made. It also reflects on the leadership challenges of influencing policy makers at inter/national levels as well as engaging with local communities.

Professor Michael Depledge
Professor of Environment and Human Health, Exeter University, UK

Professor Depledge was the founding Director and is currently Chair of the Board of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health. He has been an expert advisor to the United Nations and World Health Organisation since the early 1990s running several research programmes in Brazil, China, Vietnam and elsewhere. He has held several honorary professorships at leading universities and is currently an honorary visiting professor in several universities. Session 2.6

Professor Michael Depledge

Professor Sian M Griffiths OBE JP
Senior Adviser on International Academic Development; Emeritus Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, SAR

Professor Griffiths practiced as a service based public health physician at local, regional and national level in UK before moving to her academic post in Hong Kong. In 2003 she chaired the Hong Kong SAR government's SARS Inquiry joining the Chinese University of Hong Kong as Director of the School of Public Health and Primary Care in 2005 and become Founding Director of Centre for Global Health at the university. Session 2.6

Professor Sian M Griffiths OBE JP

Professor Anthony Kessel
Director of International Public Health, Public Health England, UK

Anthony Kessel is a public health physician and medical ethicist. His current position is Director of International Public Health and the Responsible Officer for Public Health England (PHE), and Honorary Professor and Co-ordinator of the International Programme for Ethics, Public Health and Human Rights (IPEPH) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Session 2.6


Darren Nash
Associate Head of Department - (Administration and Finance) Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, UK

Darren has worked in the higher education sector for over 20 years. The Nuffield Department of Medicine (NDM) hosts one of the largest groupings of biomedical researchers in the University sector and operates major research programmes overseas, supporting activities and clinical trials at numerous sites in South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, and has collaborative centres in Beijing, Hong Kong and Mexico City. Session 2.6


Professor Jill Pell
Director - Institute of Health and Wellbeing, Glasgow University, UK

Jill is the Henry Mechan Professor of Public Health and an Honorary Consultant in Public Health in Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. She was Professor of Epidemiology at the British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre in Glasgow before moving to her current Chair. She is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Session 2.6


Professor Joseph Sung
Vice-Chancellor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR

Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung is the Vice-Chancellor and President of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), holding also the Mok Hing Yiu Professor of Medicine. He has published over 790 full scientific articles in the foremost journals. He is an Honorary Member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the Marshall and Warren Lecture Award. In 2011, he was elected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Session 2.6

Professor Joseph Sung