Professor Ehsan Mesbahi to deliver inaugural lecture

21 Nov 2016

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Professor Ehsan Mesbahi, University of the West of Scotland’s Vice-Principal & Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise), is delivering a public lecture at the University’s Paisley Campus on Wednesday 7 December 2016 at 5:30pm.

The inaugural lecture, ‘Universe, Universality and Universities', will see Professor Mesbahi, drawing on his years of higher education experience, discuss the important role of university research to the advancement of society.

Professor Mesbahi, who took up the post of Vice-Principal & Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) in January 2016, has over 25 years’ experience of working in the university sector. During his academic career he has been the project lead on over 25 national and international research projects, generating research grants totalling over £10 million and turnover of enterprise activities in excess of £40m.

During his lecture Professor Mesbahi will provide an invaluable insight into his research, leadership and vision. Redefining universities as colonies within the ecosystem of global societies, Ehsan advocates academia with a united sense of purpose.

Equipped with a wealth of extensive academic experience in global higher education, business management and leading world-class multidisciplinary research consortiums, he is now shaping the strategic direction of research and enterprise activities at UWS to address the challenges of Health, Society and Sustainability.       

Commenting on his inaugural lecture Professor Mesbahi said: “I am delighted that for my inaugural lecture I will be able to provide an insight into my philosophy regarding research and leadership.

“My presentation will also see me put a spotlight on the hugely important link between a  purposeful university sector and a prosperous society. Academia has never played such an important role in the development of society across the globe and research is a key cornerstone of this ecosystem.”

Professor Mesbahi added: “I will also discuss how at UWS, through our research and enterprise activities, we are addressing the triple challenges of Health, Society and Sustainability.”

The event is free and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email uwsevents@uws.ac.uk by 30 November 2016 if you would like to attend this event.