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  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
  • sustainability

Presenter: Vice Chancellor Tawana Kupe, University of Pretoria.

Venue and Time: Lecture Hall III, Veterinary Research Tower from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM.

Controlling climate change, promoting global health and creation of open, egalitarian societies are fundamental to global well-being, but identifying what needs to be done and how is extraordinarily difficult. Learning how to work together harmoniously is essential if we expect to create the world we want to live in.

The University of Pretoria in South Africa and Cornell University are working together to understand what is needed to produce adequate supplies of food and to maintain environmental conditions to ensure that the world’s living creatures can thrive. Key to successfully addressing these challenges is development of the partnerships and institutions that will permit us to transcend disciplinary, economic and cultural barriers.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Pretoria, Professor Tawana Kupe, whose background is in media and communication, will explore how to bring together people from the global north and south in equitable partnerships to tackle these daunting challenges. Future Africa, a new initiative at the University of Pretoria created to promote economic, environmental and societal health in South Africa, the African continent and globally, will catalyze needed changes.

The seminar, “Global North-South Innovation for Equitable and Sustainable Partnerships, Capacity Strengthening, and Contributions Towards Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” will be held in Lecture Hall III in the Veterinary Research Tower from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM.

This seminar is co-sponsored by Future Africa at the University of Pretoria, the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, the Department of Public and Ecosystem Health and the Department of Global Development.

Not only has Vice Chancellor Kupe had a distinguished academic career at the University of Zimbabwe, Rhodes University, Witwatersrand University and the University of Pretoria, he has devoted himself to putting his ideas into practice within and outside academia. He is particularly passionate about development of the African continent. He received his Bachelor’s (Hons.) and master’s degrees from the University of Zimbabwe, his Ph.D. from the University of Oslo and an honorary degree from Michigan State University.

At Cornell, we are honored to welcome Vice Chancellor Kupe and several members of the University of Pretoria’s senior academic leadership team to develop a strategy to advance our shared goals.

Date & Time

April 7, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Tawana Kupe


Department of Global Development

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