Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes, professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and director of global health programs, was named a recipient of Universitas 21 (U21) Award for Internationalization.
U21 is an international higher education network that annually recognizes individuals who have made outstanding efforts in global teaching, learning and research.
Gebreyes serves as the faculty lead on the One Health Ethiopia initiative, which connects Ohio State with Addis Ababa University, the University of Gondar and 19 Ethiopian and U.S. institutes to improve health, build capacity and provide learning opportunities for students. Initiated in 2009 by Gebreyes, One Health Ethiopia expanded in 2012 to include Ohio State’s seven health sciences colleges as well as the colleges of agriculture, business, engineering and social work. The Ethiopia One Health team includes researchers, clinicians and students who focus on health threats such as cervical cancer, rabies, neonatology and food and environmental quality in East Africa.
The partnership has helped to install a capacity-building environment for faculty and students abroad, created reciprocal adjunct faculty appointments, conducted workshops and field training through the One Health Summer Institute and increased opportunities for students with health science courses developed for iTunes U, just one of which has 8,000 students enrolled in more than 90 countries.
“The Ethiopia One Health partnership…solves major societal issues while training students overseas to address some of the world’s most neglected and dangerous diseases,” Gebreyes said. “It contributes to improving biologic and economic health in developed and underdeveloped countries.”
Gebreyes is also the founder and president of the International Congress on Pathogens at the Human-Animal Interface, which networks more than 990 members from 65 countries and includes academic institutions, NGOs, and business and industry.
“I and many of us at Ohio State are delighted to hear the wonderful news of this award from U21. The significance of One Health, particularly, in the global arena is so important to the long term sustainability of our planet in terms of health and livelihood of humans, animals and our collective environment," Gebreyes said on notification of the award. "As we are in the 21st century with a number of emerging issues associated with health including climate change, urbanization, migration and so many factors that interplay in health, it is great to see the very consortium named after the 21st century (Universitas 21) recognize these efforts.”
He formally received the award on May 12, during a ceremony at U21's Annual Presidential Meeting at the National University of Singapore (see above). The award also went to Dr. Michael Clifford of University of Nottingham.
Feb. 12, 2016
Updated: May 24, 2016