Unity and Togetherness Mark the Way Forward


Says Kelechi Kalu, the Vice Provost of International Affairs at UC Riverside 

UC LONDON, United Kingdom - In a stimulating discussion with University of California students, alumni, family and friends, UC Riverside Vice Provost of International Affairs Kelechi Kalu asserted that we can make an impact on the world's most pressing problems if we all work together.

Titled Wicked Problems: Using Strategic International Collaborations to Solve the World's Most Pressing Issues, Kalu's presentation stressed the need for alliances, an international coordinated effort to tackle issues like climate change, infectious diseases and population growth, and how we as a global society can look past national borders. 

"We cannot solve problems alone - we need networks, we need collaboration; it is natural to our existence," Kalu said, as he kicked off the Saturday, Oct. 14, talk held at The Goldsmiths' Centre in London. "There is an African proverb that says, 'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.' We need to form international networks in order to go far." 

DrKalu UCR alums

The lecture was one of many the London-based University of California Trust (UK) puts on every year. "Kalu made me want to make the most of my time here in London," said Dimple Jethani, a UC Irvine student studying abroad in London. "I have to make the most of this opportunity, to network, and get involved. He made me feel like the world is not so big after all, and even I can make a difference."

More about Dr. Kelechi Kalu  

Kelechi A. Kalu joined UCR in June 2015 as the Vice Provost of International Affairs and as a professor of political science. He previously served as the Associate Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs and professor of African American and African studies at The Ohio State University.

Kalu is widely published and has served as a consultant to the World Bank on Public Sector Governance and Accountability, and to the Asian Development Bank on managing sustainable development in resource-rich countries. He is a recipient of grants from The Ford Foundation, The Mershon Center and The Korea Foundation. 

By Mojgan Sherkat

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