Dr. Shojiro Nishio

Health and education are two universal issues that should be addressed in all countries and cultures in our contemporary global society. These issues constitute some of the most pressing social problems around the world. In this respect, it is my honor and pleasure as the President of Osaka University, to see Osaka University collaborate with the University of Clermont Auvergne in launching the UNESCO Chairs GHE. It is my most sincere hope that our cooperation and collaboration may create a strong partnership for the future success of the Chairs.

Professor Beverley Anne YamamotoUNESCO Chair Holder

In October 2018, Osaka University and the University of Clermont Auvergne jointly launched two UNESCO Chairs GHE with complementary missions. Both Chairs aim to address some of the most pressing issues that we face today concerning the health of children and young people in the world through health education and health promotion. As the Chair Holder of the Osaka GHE I am delighted to be working with so many dedicated and creative individuals to improve global health through education. Working across borders and disciplines on health makes sense. As we can see with the new coronavirus, COVID-19, communicable diseases know no borders and with international travel what starts out as the problem of one country can soon become a global health issue. We have to be able to work together creatively, effectively and appropriately. With non-communicable diseases, we see the same patterns and trends across nations, so again it makes sense to pool our expertise and share ideas. The Osaka UNESCO Chair GHE is positioned as one research and educational hub for cross border and interdisciplinary collaboration to create and share new ideas.

Why do we need
the UNESCO Chair GHE

We want to bring innovative ideas and perspectives together on the question of enhancing global health and health promotion. We bring not only a public health background to these pressing issues, but also social and human sciences. Our research and educational activities to date are strongly rooted in a social approach with a focus on reducing inequalities and vulnerability, addressing diversity, and inclusion issues, and working with participatory and democratic models of engagement.

Providing support, changing structures,taking on children’s futures

  • 格差縮小
    Working to address inequalities
  • 平等と包摂
    Education improves health and is the key to correcting inequalities
  • 多様性
    Fairness and inclusion: Promoting fairness and inclusion in schools and the community is a priority
  • 発想の転換
    Diversity: All individuals, schools, and local communities share both similarities and differences
  • 倫理問題
    Ethics: Ethical issues are at the heart of health education
  • 経験主義
    Accumulating evidence: Platforms to accumulate and disseminate knowledge and experience, based on scientific evidence
Contributions from Japan and Osaka University
  • Key Cocept is “Social Design for Health”
  • From Individual to Planetary Level
  • Life Course Approach

Lessons Learnt from Japan

  • School & Education
  • Healthcare System
  • Hyper-ageing Society
  • Post-disaster Reconstruction
Japan has made significant achievements in education and health, both at the national and international levels. It has a system of universal health care that is cheaper and yet offers wider coverage than many other comparable systems globally. This is in addition to an equitable educational system that is accessible to most children and young people. Such a health-supporting environment has made it possible for Japan to enjoy the highest life expectancy in the world. Yet, there remain longstanding and newer issues that need our attention. These include sustainability of the health and welfare system in the light of a hyper-ageing society, widening health disparities, the rising burden of non-communicable diseases and global epidemics of communicable diseases that require urgent cross-border responses. At the same time, we have the promise and risks involved in new AI technology and its implementation into health care. To address many of these issues, appropriate interventions are needed not only at a policy level, but also in our educational and lived environments. Japan must also more proactively address both mental health and sexual and reproductive health. Our social lives must be redesigned around the principle of “health for all.” Thus, our guiding principle is “a social design for health.”