International Advisory Board

Our International Advisory Board is advising us on how to bridge the gap between policy goals and educational practice. 

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Professor Ole Petter Ottersen, Professor Trish Greenhalgh, Professor Jonathan Grant, and Helen Clark

- It is a real privilege to have you as members of our advisory board and we are convinced that your valuable advice can help us refine the plans of our center, said executive chairman of SHE, Professor Eivind Engebretsen, to the International Advisory Board (IAB). 

To advise for the future

The main task of the IAB is to advise on further development and future strategies of SHE, and they had their first meeting in beginning of September 2021.

The members

The members are Ole Petter Ottersen (chair of the IAB), Professor and the Vice-Chancellor at Karolinska Instituttet, Sweden, Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and former UN Development Program (UNDP) Administrator, Trisha Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences, Oxford University, United Kingdom, and Professor Jonathan Grant, Director, Different Angles, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Clarification of concepts

IAB advises SHE to keep close attention to the following topics:

  • We need to operationalize the complicated and ambitious SHE goal which is to remodeling educational content and pedagogical approaches in line with the SDGs using the students as drivers of change.
  • We need to reflect on whether the UNESCO competencies represent an adequate basis for the educational innovations. Are 'competencies' what we need or should we rather talk about 'complexities', 'virtues', 'values', 'tensions' and 'paradoxes' as guiding principles for our innovative practices?
  • We need to think about sustainability in the broad context of resilience and capacity development. The need for a radical transdisciplinary and cross disciplinary approach that moves beyond what is traditionally associated with the health sector is absolutely necessary.
  • We should consider challenging 'global health' as a terminology. Global health risks reducing the global to one aspect of health, often associated with health somewhere else (i.e. in low and middle income countries) and blurs the fact that all health is essentially global.


Tags: International Advisory Board, sustainable health care, Education, research, SHE, Ole Petter Ottersen, Helen Clark, Trish Greenhalgh, Jonathan Grant By Trine Kleven
Published Sep. 19, 2021 7:12 PM - Last modified Sep. 20, 2021 1:35 PM