President Mark Schlissel discusses U-M’s collaborative approach to global engagement

March 13, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

Michigan’s long-term commitment in West and East Africa provides a rich model for symbiotic global education, argues Mark S. Schlissel.

Research universities have enormous potential to deliver meaningful change in areas of the world facing severe resource challenges. Global education that focuses on mutual benefits among partners is the key that can unlock that potential.

Senait Fisseha and Tim Johnson

Senait Fisseha and Tim Johnson during their recent trip to Ethiopia

When physician Tim Johnson first travelled to Ghana in 1986, the West African nation had just five obstetricians serving a population of 12 million. While many Ghanaians trained in medicine abroad, few came back to work in their home country.

Three years later, Johnson led the University of Michigan in a partnership with medical schools in Ghana that would address two major challenges for the country: training Ghanaian physicians at home and combating high rates of maternal mortality.

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