WHO Director-General's visit to Nottingham

On 19 July 2019 the University of Nottingham hosted a day of activity focused on the visit of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. One of our most senior alumni, Dr Tedros is Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), the first WHO Director-General to have been elected by the World Health Assembly and the first person from the Africa Region to serve as WHO’s chief officer. Globally recognised as a health scholar, researcher and diplomat, Tedros held a number of important national and global public health positions prior to his role at WHO including Ethiopia’s Minister of Health, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. 

If you are University of Nottingam staff, you can read a full report on the visit, its impact and outcomes here

There is no doubt that my time in Nottingham played a major part in my journey so far. I am proud that the University of Nottingham is continuing to lead in some of the most important and cutting-edge areas of health research, like antimicrobial resistance, cancer, regenerative medicine and brain health.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization - graduation speech

The day was an exceptional achievement - the most ambitious single day of reputation and engagement activity on campus in 2019. Over twelves hours on campus, Dr Tedros was presented with an Honorary Degree, spoke to six different in-person audiences and was live-streamed to University of Nottingham Ningbo China and the University of Nottingham Malaysia.

Visit highlights

Dr Tedros was awarded an Honorary Degree recognising his outstanding contribution to world health care
VC Lecture 3
Vice-Chancellor's Lecture - The Future of Global Health: How will public health across the world change over the next 25 years?
Lunch v3
Dr Tedros joined a lunch to celebrate 25 years of public health teaching excellence, wich was part of a day-long conference 
QMC v2
Dr Tedros visited the Queen's Medical Centre, home to the Medical School, where he met with staff, student nurses and midwives
Research roundtable
Dr Tedros took part in a World-Changing Research Roundtable discussion where he heard about some of the ground-breaking research taking place here
Civic dinner
Dr Tedros was the guest of honour of the inaugural University of Nottingham Civic Graduation Dinner celebrating the achievements of Class 2019

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