Dean Buekens Takes Reigns of CUGH

Dean Pierre Buekens addresses the audience at CUGH 2016 after being named chair of the organization

Dean Pierre Buekens addresses the audience at CUGH 2016 after being named chair of the organization

Dean Pierre Buekens was named chair of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health at the organization’s seventh annual meeting held in San Francisco in April. Dr. Buekens will hold the post for two years. “I am honored to lead CUGH over what I know will be an exciting period of continued growth for the organization,” said Dr. Buekens. The dean has been actively involved in CUGH since its inception in 2008. More than 130 academic and other institutions hold memberships in the organization, which was formed to build interdisciplinary collaborations between universities and other sectors to address global health challenges. “CUGH builds bridges between academic disciplines to address health issues impacting everybody in the world, such as climate change, emerging infectious diseases, aging, and urbanization,” Buekens said. “My goal as a chair is to increase the role of non-U.S. members in CUGH, which is a consortium of universities from around the world,” he added. At the April meeting, more than 1,800 attendees came from at least 62 countries. Notably, the attendees included professionals, educators, and students from fields as varied as engineering, business, law, policy, natural sciences, nursing, public health, medicine, veterinary medicine, and environmental studies. The consortium’s next conference will be co-hosted by Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. It will take place in Washington D.C. in 2017.

Dee Boling

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