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UNIC Medical School to honour WHO Chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The University of Nicosia Medical School is pleased to announce that Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), will be awarded an honorary doctorate at the Medical School’s graduation ceremony, which will take place on 27 June 2024.

Dr Ghebreyesus, who has been at the helm of WHO since 2017, has a distinguished career in public health and diplomacy. Prior to his current role, he served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health from 2005 to 2012 and as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012 to 2016. Upon his election as WHO Director-General, Dr Ghebreyesus pledged to strengthen the organisation to meet the challenges of the 21st century, ensuring it is inclusive, effectively managed, and well-resourced.

Since taking office, Dr Ghebreyesus has spearheaded the most ambitious programme of organisational change in WHO’s history. His leadership has been particularly notable during the COVID-19 pandemic, where WHO played a crucial role in the global response. In recognition of his efforts, Dr Ghebreyesus was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2020.

In addition to receiving the honorary doctorate, Dr Ghebreyesus will deliver the keynote speech at the graduation ceremony. His address is expected to inspire the new cohort of medical professionals by sharing his vision and experiences in global health.

The graduation ceremony will be broadcast live on the social media channels of WHO and the University of Nicosia Medical School, allowing a global audience to witness the event.

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