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.
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.
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.