York University establishes The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health

The Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building is named in recognition of $20 million transformational donation

TORONTO, Dec. 8, 2015 — York University today announced the establishment of The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health to address some of the most pressing issues of our time.

The Institute will be a leader and catalyst in addressing global health issues, and will provide a robust context for students involved in York’s Global Health program as well as academics and researchers working in the field at the University and around the world.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Dahdaleh shares our vision to build on York’s strength in global health,” says Mamdouh Shoukri, President and Vice-Chancellor of York University. “The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health will serve as a focal point for international dialogue and collaboration in health innovation research and teaching that will have global impact and make a meaningful difference in people’s lives now and in the future.”

The Dahdaleh Institute will reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of global health with involvement from faculties across the University, initially focused within the Faculty of Health. This initiative has been made possible by a transformational donation from Victor Phillip Dahdaleh, a UK-based Canadian business leader. Announced recently, Dahdaleh, who graduated from the University almost four decades ago, made a gift of $20 million, the largest gift ever made by a member of York’s alumni.

“I am excited and honoured to contribute to York University as it addresses global health and equity challenges through research, social innovation, international collaboration and leadership development, and prepares the next generation of global health leaders,” says Dahdaleh.

The Institute’s work will lead to a reframing of the ways in which high and low income countries collaborate in the co-creation of solutions to global health challenges. A strategic advantage is York University’s focus on equity and extensive range of global partners and networks linked to the culturally diverse Greater Toronto Area. These global-local linkages provide unparalleled opportunities for collaborative research and knowledge mobilization that address pressing health and social concerns.

Dahdaleh’s donation will provide both immediate and permanent funding to establish new Faculty positions, research initiatives and projects, scholarships and travel grants for domestic and international students.

In honour of this transformational gift, the University is officially naming the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building on its Keele campus.

York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our 52,000 students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 24 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide.

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Joanne Rider, York University, 416-736-5593, jrider@yorku.ca