Global Forums

As a 21st-century global university, UCLA is committed to fulfilling its mission of teaching, research, and service through innovative international partnerships.

The UCLA Global Forum initiative builds on this global mission by offering UCLA alumni, students, parents, and friends worldwide opportunities to network, receive campus updates, and learn about compelling issues of global and local relevance. At the same time, these events allow university leaders to deepen ties with UCLA alumni and institutional partners, recruit top students and faculty, and reach out to supporters on behalf of all UCLA divisions and professional schools.

Each event in the ongoing series provides a platform where participants can discuss salient topics relating to education, health, the environment, technology, entrepreneurship, and other societal issues. Featured speakers include UCLA and local leaders.  

Upcoming Forums

There are no upcoming Global Forums at this time. Please visit our full global events calendar to stay updated.

Recent Forums

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UCLA Centennial Celebration in London

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Chancellor Gene Block and the UCLA International Centennial delegation hosted a celebration of UCLA's first hundred years in London. Mingle with Bruins who share the pride of UCLA experience. Hear thought-provoking student and alumni stories told on PechaKucha style that honors UCLA founding year.Meet Nurit Katz, UCLA's first Chief Sustainability Officer. Ms. Katz fosters partnerships across academic, research and operational departments to facilitate creating a world-class living laboratory for sustainability at UCLA.

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UCLA Centennial Celebration in Shanghai

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Chancellor Gene Block and the UCLA International Centennial delegation hosted a celebration of UCLA's first hundred years in Shanghai. UCLA student Evelyn Wang, Class of 2021; Vice Provost. Cindy Fan, UCLA's senior international officer and responsible for the university's global strategy, international partnerships and global engagement; and UCLA alumnus Tony Hao-Dong ZhangI, Mechanical Engineering '90, shared thought-provoking stories of his success as an entrepreneur with start-up companies in media, entertainment, IT and health care business focusing on dermatology aesthetic and women's health.

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UCLA Centennial Celebration in Taipei

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Chancellor Gene Block and the UCLA International Centennial delegation hosted a celebration of UCLA's first hundred years in Taipei. UCLA student Ellen Liang-Yi Tsai, Psychobiology Major; Dr. Jonathan Flint, UCLA professor-in-residence of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences; and UCLA alumnus Shirley Wang, shared thought-provoking stories from being a founder, chief executive officer, entrepreneur to philanthropist.

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UCLA Centennial Celebration in Seoul

Monday, October 7, 2019

Chancellor Gene Block and the UCLA International Centennial delegation hosted a celebration of UCLA's first hundred years in Seoul. UCLA student Ellie Shim: Dr. Jonathan Flint, UCLA professor-in-residence of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences; and UCLA alumnus Bryan Do, Political Science, shared thought-provoking stories and his passion has been the guiding light through his eclectic career from a quiz show hosts, TV anchorman, consumer IT expert and founder of Korea's best craft brewery.

Global Events & Opportunities

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APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Virtual Summer School 2020 (Part I)

The virtual summer school is organized by the APRU Multi-Hazards Program and the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) of Tohoku University in Japan. As the first session of a three-part series, this webinar will talk about lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

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Global Health, Global Governance and Human Rights

In every part of the world we are witnessing the inequalities and harms brought to light by COVID-19, including for the elderly, the sick, the poor, the criminalized, sexual and gender minorities, and all those who face persistent discrimination and exclusion. This includes the use and misuse of law and police power to address the pandemic. Additionally, the tensions between countries, and potential defunding by the United States of WHO, all threaten the multilateral engagement needed to address this pandemic. The United Nations system is clear that a right-oriented approach is both critical to fighting the disease and to aid in a recovery that doesn't exacerbate existing disparities. But given current realities, what can this mean in practice?

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APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Virtual Summer School 2020 (Part II)

The virtual summer school is organized by the APRU Multi-Hazards Program and the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) of Tohoku University in Japan. As the second session of a three-part series, this webinar will discuss the role of various stakeholders in disaster risk reduction.

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APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Virtual Summer School (Part III)

The virtual summer school is organized by the APRU Multi-Hazards Program and the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) of Tohoku University in Japan. As the last session of a three-part series, this webinar will focus on latest research in disaster science.