Congratulations to our outstanding U21 Award Winners for 2020
The U21 Awards recognise individual or team efforts in a U21 university, particularly the development of innovative or extraordinary projects within international Higher Education. The Awards celebrate the work of individuals who demonstrate a true global vision in higher education, who have furthered effective international opportunities for students and staff and improved collaboration within the university and with external partners.
Congratulations to U21 Award Winners, Dr Diana Farmer from the University of California, Davis and Lydie Faure-Kilgannon from the University of Auckland.
Dr Diana Farmer, has had an impressive career in medicine working to correct the inequities that exists globally in access to and decision making about surgical treatment, particularly for children. She has created unique opportunities for surgical students to study and collaborate abroad, and has designed new programmes for students and colleagues that address the global nature of health challenges.
Dr Farmer has also advocated vigorously for those who cannot speak for themselves by raising awareness about and working to correct the inequities that exists globally in access to and decision making about surgical treatment, particularly for children.
Lydie Faure-Kilgannon leads the 360 International Team at the University of Auckland. Its work has seen an increase in Māori undergraduate students participating in learning abroad from 3.5% of students in 2015 to 7.2% in 2018. Lydie, a former international student herself, has collaborated with senior Māori leadership on campus and with student and community representation to develop and implement a strategy for increased Māori student participation in learning abroad.
Lydie said that learning abroad had been identified as a high impact academic practice; participation in learning abroad is strongly correlated with academic success, completion and future employability.
Read more about their stories here.
This year, a U21 Award has also been given to Professor David Clarke, Professor at The University of Melbourne and Director of the International Centre for Classroom Research (ICCR) who sadly lost his battle with cancer at the end of last year. Professor Clarke's work has influenced school systems and teachers throughout Australia, the USA, Canada, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Singapore, China, Japan, Malaysia and the Federated States of Micronesia. Read more here.