Towards the SDGs agenda 2030: The role of a multidisciplinary approach in healthcare


NOVEMBER 23-27, 2017



The World Healthcare Students Symposium (WHSS) is the world’s biggest student conference, a biennial global multidisciplinary  summit that brings together healthcare students and healthcare professionals under one roof to learn, discuss and draw inspiration from eminent speakers, policy makers and renowned global health leaders through scientific, educational and cultural programs of this five-day long event. WHSS also provides a unique platform for delegates to debate, build long lasting networks and friendships and come up with collaborative and innovative solutions to the World’s most pressing global health challenges. With around 3000 delegates expected to grace the World Healthcare Students Symposium in Kigali, WHSS 2017 will be the largest global gathering for healthcare students in history.

Patron’s Welcome Note


Prof. Philip Cotton
Vice Chancellor of the university of Rwanda(UR)

Patron of WHSS 2017



Welcome to Rwanda and to the 7th World Healthcare Students Symposium which will be held in Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali from 23rd -27th November 2017. I am honored to be associated with this conference given the high involvement of students of the University of Rwanda in its organization.

University of Rwanda (UR) is emerging as an academic institution providing quality education to produce decent and competent leaders. UR is always supportive of student initiatives especially those ones that bring about positive change to the lives of people locally and globally. I would therefore like to congratulate the host organization (Rwanda Pharmaceutical Students Association) and the organizing team on bringing this gathering to Rwanda.

As WHSS 2017 Patron and as a healthcare professional, I believe that multidisciplinary collaboration among healthcare students and professionals is key in addressing health problems the world is facing. The 7th World Healthcare Students Symposium will converge on the theme of Towards SDGs Agenda 2030: The role of a multidisciplinary approach in healthcare, and it is expected to stimulate debate, thoughts, ideas and resolutions that will have considerable impact in healthcare education and healthcare systems across the World.