International Collaboration in a Global Society

NIC Berlin Conference Provides Insight During Changing Times

Politics around the world are changing. Events like Brexit and the election of populist political candidates across the world indicate a political shift. America and Europe have started to show more and more populist leanings, pushing for a more closed-off society.

This ideology has been made clear by several recent events in world politics. In order to build greater understanding of these global issues, educational institutions have been holding international conferences. For example, the National University of Singapore (“NUS”) put on a conference in Berlin this April.

The event was held by the NUS’ Medicine International Council (“NIC”) and well attended by respected experts. The topics covered highlighted the issues that recent political events have raised in public health policy.

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Jamileh Kharrazi at National University of Singapore Board of Trustees Annual meeting in Germany
International Collaboration is Critical in a Global Society

The National University of Singapore (“NUS”) has been consistently ranked among the world’s top universities. It offers a diverse array of educational opportunities, including world-class science, medicine, law, arts, business, and computing programs. However, the leadership at NUS understands that collaboration makes for even better opportunities. That’s why NUS has partnered with several other institutes of higher learning around the world.

NUS works with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine developing public health programs. The university has also partnered with the Harvard School of Public Health. NUS also has a collaborative partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology developing logistics research and education.

Indeed, NUS works with top US schools like Harvard University and others in order to capture the benefits of synergy. As top experts and academics come together and share ideas, valuable new knowledge is created. To achieve this end, NUS regularly holds international educational events like the NIC Berlin conference.

The NIC conference lasted three days, starting with a discussion of the changing political climate. The meeting provided an excellent perspective of growing nationalism and populism in the West. It tied these issues to public health policy, particularly as it pertains to immigrant populations. Over the past decade, millions have been forced to flee their homes to escape conflict.

As reported on NPR, over 40 million refugees were recorded in 2016 alone. Most refugees are women and children who need public health and social services when they arrive in their new homelands. Nationalist and populist ideologies restrict access to badly-needed services. As a result, those who provide medical care and social support to vulnerable populations have a keen eye on the political climate.

Creating Educational Opportunities from the Top-Down

NUS graduates go on to accomplish great things, often with substantial support from the university and its board of trustees. The university has graduated four prime ministers and countless successful business people and politicians. The NUS Board of Trustees is very involved in improving the university.

The Board is populated by a collection of high-achieving political and business leaders. They understand that our society is only becoming more global. As a result, board members are working to make sure NUS keeps its position as a leading international university.

Like the NUS Board of Trustees, Lady Kharrazi understands that all our lives are better when we bridge cultural divides. As a result, Lady Kharrazi has been a long-standing champion for education and international cooperation.  

In 2006 Lady Kharrazi started the Toos Foundation, a charitable organization devoted to helping millions of people in developing countries. Lady Kharrazi also founded and directs the Jamil Kharrazi Charitable Foundation, which is deeply involved in several philanthropic activities. Lady Kharrazi attended the NIC Berlin Conference, lending her valued support to the great work going on at NUS.