The following is written by Wondwossen A. Gebreyes, DVM, PhD, DACVPM.
Our interconnected world is facing numerous dynamic and important changes including urbanization, migration, threats of peace and security, deforestation, climate change, food insecurity, water crises, spread of diseases, social and economic issues.
These risks provide opportunities for universities to make a global impact and to position themselves as reputable global "implementing partners." Universities face critical challenges of building students' capacity while enabling them with global competency to help them understand complex dynamics of global issues, be prepared for a successful career and remain engaged to become citizens of the world. The planet needs a large cadre o f future professionals in wide varieties of disciplines, both in the developed a nd developing regions, to address critical challenges effectively.
Using its Global One Health model, Ohio State is forging ahead and making an impact. Recently, it inaugurated its African regional office last November. With the great need in the region, the office now staffs more than 20 talented and multi-disciplinary professionals. Together with the Ohio State faculty, students, staff and strategic international partner institutes in Latin America, Africa and Asia, the team is making critical grass-root contributions. GOHi also realizes the greater need of expanding this system to other priority disciplines beyond health, such as climate, engineering, business, agriculture and others in respective strategic partner regions of the world such as Brazil, China, India and beyond.
Together, let's make the planet a better place for generations to come. GOHi invites you all to be partners, collaborators, donors and leaders.