Top US universities fail to make the global health grade, says report
- By: Chris Thomas
Many top US and Canadian universities have received poor marks in the first University Global Health Impact Report Card ,1 which was designed to help measure the influence that universities are having on global health.
The report was compiled by Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM)—a student led group that aims to ensure universities contribute to global health research and access to treatment worldwide. Universities are major drivers of innovation, with up to one in three new medicines originating in academic laboratories.1 UAEM believes the report card is an essential tool in ensuring that the potential of universities to advance global health is realised.
The highest grade (A-) was awarded to the University of British Columbia, with the lowest grade (D-) given to both the University of South Carolina and the University of Iowa. Many august institutions fared little better with Massachusetts Institute of Technology awarded a D and Yale