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Health and Sustainable Development

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July 9, 2022 @ 10:30 am 11:30 am UTC+8

The 2022 Tsinghua Global Summer School (GSS) will be held from July 4 to July 10, themed “A Healthy Planet for Sustainable Development“. There will be more than 1,000 outstanding young students from all over the world participating in the courses online.

One of the important components of the GSS is the “GSS Masterclass“. This Year, we have invited distinguished professors and experts from different schools and institutions of Tsinghua University to share their frontier insights with our GSS participants. GSS Masterclasses will be broadcast live both on GSS official website (Live Room) and XuetangX. Please stay tuned! 

Through concept analysis and case study, this lecture will interpret the important role of advancing global health in promoting sustainable development, as well as the inseparable and interlocking relationship among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Time: July 9th, 10:30-11:30, Beijing time (GMT+8)

Link for live stream (and replay): https://www.xuetangx.com/live/20220704summerintl/20220704summer/12259630/21933694

Margaret Chan
inaugural Dean of Vanke School of Public Health, Tsinghua University;
former Director-General, World Health Organization


Margaret Chan, obtained her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She joined the Hong Kong Department of Health in 1978, where her career in public health began.

In 1994, Dr. Chan was appointed Director of Health of Hong Kong, the first woman to hold that position. In her nine-year tenure as director, she launched new services to prevent the spread of disease and promote better health. In 2003, Dr. Chan joined World Health Organization (WHO) as Director of the Department for Protection of the Human Environment. In June 2005, she was appointed Director, Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Response as well as Representative of the Director-General for Pandemic Influenza. In September 2005, she was named Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases. Dr. Chan was elected to the post of Director-General on 9 November 2006. The Assembly appointed Dr. Chan for a second five-year term at its sixty-fifth session in May 2012. Dr. Chan’s last term began on 1 July 2012 and ended on 30 June 2017.

On 2 April 2020, Dr. Chan was appointed as inaugural Dean of Vanke School of Public Health, Tsinghua University, China.


Tsinghua University Vanke School of Public Health (SPH) was newly established on April 2, 2020 in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Margaret Chan, the Former Director-General and Emeritus Director-General of the World Health Organization, is the founding dean of the School. The establishment of the School is a historic milestone for Tsinghua University, as it actively undertakes its mission to shoulder the responsibility of addressing national and global challenges, development priorities and needs. It is also a timely disciplinary response to major global public health issues.

Based on the principles of comprehensive, international and high-end, the School will give full play to the comprehensive advantages of Tsinghua University, collaborative development, integration and innovation. With its mission as based in China, facing the world, serving the community and serving mankind, the School aims to become a training base for high-level leaders and backbone talents in public health, the most influential think-tank at home and abroad, and an advanced model of global health governance and international cooperation, striving to build itself into a world-class and influential school of public health on the global stage.

Addressing the urgent needs of the world and the frontiers of science, the School is focusing on four core disciplines, namely public health security, healthcare service, big data in healthcare, and public health policy and management, and actively performs the functions of scientific research, talent training and service to society.

Tsinghua University’s Vanke School of Public Health seeks to build its faculty in a variety of academic fields globally. We welcome faculty applications from a variety of academic field including public health security,  healthcare service, big data in healthcare, and public health policy and reform and other related fields.


July 9, 2022
10:30 am – 11:30 am UTC+8
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