Universitas 21 is a Presidents-led network of 27 worldwide, research-intensive universities who  work together on shared issues of importance to their universities and to higher education more generally. The current Chair of Universitas 21 is Prof Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham. The Chair is assisted by the U21 Executive Committee, a small group of Presidents from around the network, who have oversight of the work of the network, its activities and its interactions with members as well as with external bodies.

The Executive Committee:

Professor Sir David Eastwood, University of Birmingham - Chair of the Company, Professor Tan Eng Chye, National University of Singapore - Deputy Chair of the Company, Professor Andrew Deeks - University College Dublin, Professor Peter Mathieson - University of Edinburgh, Professor Ignacio Sanchez - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Professor Shearer West - University of Nottingham

Chairs of the Network


  • University of Maryland

    The 2019 U21 AGM and Annual Presidential Meetings took place at the University of Maryland, from 1 - 3 May 2019. 

    All Presidents and Vice Chancellors of U21 member universities, along with U21 Senior Leaders, were invited to attend the 2019 Annual Network Meeting and Presidential Symposium, hosted by the University of Maryland.

    1-3 May 2019
  • University of Zurich 4

    Cancelled with regret, however U21 and the University of Zurich have produced a set of online resources has been produced on the theme of Sustainable Universities: Sustainable University Networks

    6th - 8th May 2020

Representative Group