U21: Connect - February 2014

06 February 2014
Welcome to the February e-bulletin with the latest news and items of interest to staff and students across the Universitas 21 network.


2014 Recipient of Gilbert Medal Announced

Dr Domenico Lenarduzzi, father of the Erasmus programme, has been awarded the 2014 Gilbert Medal  by U21, which recognises outstanding contribution to international higher education. Dr Lenarduzzi is Honorary Director-General for the Directorate General of Education and Culture at the European Commission, and has worked in the European Union executive for over 40 years.

The medal is named in honour of the late Professor Alan Gilbert, founder ofUniversitas 21, and upholds his work as a lifelong proponent of the benefits of internationalisation. 

The medal will be presented to Dr Lenarduzzi during a private ceremony in Brussels in April.

The full press release can be found here:


Registration Reminder for Glasgow AGM

Registration is now open for the 2014 Annual Network Meeting, Presidential Symposium and related business meetings, to be held at the University of Glasgow from 14-16 May. The Presidential Symposium will take place on the theme:The Shape of the University of the Future.

Please visit the event page for details of how to register, suggested hotel accommodation and to download the programme outline.


The event will also incorporate a separate meeting for the HR Group which will take place on 15 May, and delegates attending this meeting should also register via this page.

Please note that the deadline for booking the recommended hotel accommodation is 11 April 2014.

Please contact Lucy Smith (l.smith.1@bham.ac.uk) with any queries.

Nomination Update for 2014 U21 Summer School

The 2014 U21 Summer School will run from 2-17 July and will be hosted by UNSW Australia in Sydney on the theme:Shaping the Future City.

U21 members are invited to nominate up to five undergraduate students and two faculty/staff members to participate in the Summer School. Nominations are open to students from all disciplines, and to staff employed in either an academic or professional role. It is recommended that nominated students should have completed at least two years of university study by the time of the Summer School.

Nominations can be submitted from 14 February - 28 February. Further details can be found on the event page:


Please contact Georgia Blérot (g.blerot@unsw.edu.au) with any queries.

Dates announced for 2014 Graduate Research Conference

The 2014 Graduate Research Conference will run from 1-4 July and will be hosted by the University of Auckland on the theme:Ageing.

Each U21 member is asked to nominate up to five participants - two to give oral presentations and three to create posters. Registration for this event will be open from 1 April to 31 May.

More information can be found on the event page:


Please contact Associate Professor Caroline Daley (c.daley@auckland.ac.nz) with any queries.

Last Chance to Register for Global Citizenship Workshop

A workshop on Global Citizenship will be held at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus from 13-14 March 2014. This workshop will explore our current understanding and approaches to developing the attributes of a “Global Citizen”, and specifically address the question of how our global university network can develop activities that support partner organisations in enhancing student engagement with an understanding of Global Citizenship.

Members from the following groups are encouraged to attend:

  • Students (one nomination per institution)
  • Professional Services
  • Academics

The registration deadline is 14 February 2014. For more information, including further details of eligibility, a programme outline and details of how to register, please visit the event page:


Please contact Sue Dengate (s.dengate@uq.edu.au) with any queries.

Registration Reminder for Researcher Engagement Meetings

Registration is now open for the two Researcher Engagement cluster meetings, taking place at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile from 3-4 April 2014.

The Research Leaders' group and the Deans & Directors of Graduate Studies group will be meeting in parallel sessions. Agendas for both meetings are currently being drawn up and will be circulated nearer the time.

For more information, including details of how to register and book the suggested hotel accommodation, please visit:


Please note that the deadline for booking the recommended accommodation is 1 March 2014.

Please contact Gemma Marakas (g.marakas@bham.ac.uk) with any queries.

Researcher Collaboration Group Workshop Registrations Now Open

The second Researcher Collaboration Group workshop is being hosted by the University of Maryland from 7-8 April 2014. The 2014 workshop will explore funding opportunities available from American sources, and the group will also use this event as a means to share knowledge of all U21 regional funding bodies and grants available to fund international joint projects and mobility. For more information about how to register and to book the suggested hotel accommodation, please visit: www.universitas21.com/link/rcgworkshop2014.

Please note that the deadline for booking the recommended accommodation is 17 March 2014.

Please contact Gemma Marakas (g.marakas@bham.ac.uk) with any queries.

Planning Underway for Second U21 Student Summit

The second U21 Student Summit will be hosted by the University of Glasgow from 13-15 May 2014 on the theme:How can universities best prepare students for careers of the future?  

The event will again run alongside the U21 Annual Network Meeting and Presidential Symposium and aims to give students a stronger voice within the U21 network.

Member universities will be invited to send up to three students to attend the Summit, using their own selection criteria.

A programme outline is now available on the U21 website and further details, including how to register, will be available on this page over the coming weeks: www.universitas21.com/link/studentsummit2014

Please contact Sarah Ward (Sarah.Ward@glasgow.ac.uk) with any queries.

Details of First U21 Doctoral Law Forum Now Online

The first U21 Doctoral Law Forum will be held at Shanghai Jiao Tong University on 26 April 2014.

There will be no particular theme for the forum and delegates are invited to submit papers on any law topic.

Delegates wishing to register or submit a paper should contact Mrs Li Zichan (U21LawForum@gmail.com) no later than 12 March 2014.

For further details, including recommended accommodation information, please visit the event page:



Ohio State Appoints New President

The Ohio State University’s Board of Trustees appointed Dr Michael V Drake as the university’s next President on 30 January. The search committee selected Dr Drake, in part, for his forward-thinking leadership and his demonstrated ability to lead a highly complex organisation. Dr Michael V Drake will become the 15thPresident of The Ohio State University on 30 June 2014 and will shortly leave the University of California, Irvine, where he has been Chancellor for the past nine years.

Queensland Announce New Provost

Professor Max Lu has been appointed as the new Provost of the University of Queensland following an internationally competitive search process. Professor Lu has previously served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Linkages) and is the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Queensland. He will commence his post as Provost on 17 March 2014.

Next Chancellor of McGill Named

The Board of Governors of McGill University have approved the nomination of the Honourable Michael A Meighen, QC, as the 19thChancellor of McGill University. Mr Meighen has been appointed for a three-year term, beginning 1 July 2014. He will succeed Chancellor Arnold Steinberg, whose current term will end on June 30, 2014.


NUS President Becomes Chair of Global University Forum

The World Economic Forum has appointed National University of Singapore President, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, to chair its Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) for a two-year term commencing in 2014.

The GULF, which comprises the Presidents of 25 top global universities, was established in 2006 to offer university leaders a key global engagement channel for high-level dialogue on issues of higher education and research with other sectors. We extend our congratulations to Professor Tan on this appointment.

Nottingham Number One For Sustainability in Greenmetric Ranking

The University of Nottingham has been voted the most sustainable university out of the 301 institutions which took part in 2013 Greenmetric Ranking of World Universities. The ranking encompasses energy and carbon management programmes, water and waste management, sustainability-related teaching and research, quality green space on campus and sustainable transportation. The university launched its environmental strategy in 2010 and it aims to achieve excellence in sustainability across all areas. We congratulate Nottingham on this achievement on behalf of the network.

The ranking also included placement of four other U21 members, with the University of Connecticut being placed fifth and the University of Melbourne making it into the top 20.

If you would like to submit a story for the next e-bulletin, please send it to Lucy Smith (l.smith.1@bham.ac.uk) by 28 February 2014.