U21 Success in the 2018 Global Teaching Excellence Awards

Universitas 21 (U21) is delighted that 4 of its 27 members have recently received important international recognition in the Higher Education Academy’s 2018 Global Teaching Excellence Awards (GTEA), held in association with Times Higher Education (THE). 

Canada’s McMaster University, one of U21’s newest members, was declared this year’s overall winner in recognition of its university-wide commitment to high-quality teaching.   

The judges complemented McMaster University for “the strength of its vision and plan for achieving teaching excellence and the provision of evidence that is embedded institution-wide.” 

McMaster University

The University of Birmingham was one of four U21 universities that were particularly commended as a GTEA ‘spotlight winner’.  Other U21 members shortlisted for this year’s awards were, The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the University of Johannesburg. 

Alison Johns, Advance HE’s chief executive who awarded the prize in partnership with THE, described the quality of this year’s submissions as “truly outstanding”. 

“McMaster has a long history of excellence and innovation in teaching and learning,” said its President, Patrick Deane. “This award shines an international spotlight on the ongoing efforts of the McMaster community to provide the best possible learning experience for our students.” 

U21 Provost, Professor Bairbre Redmond, said, "Congratulations to all of our members who have been internationally recognised for the part they are playing in setting superb teaching standards on a global stage.  As a network U21 is committed to supporting world-class, internationally-focused higher education and the success of our members in this important competition strengthens our ability to work together to offer excellence in international education opportunities to students and staff alike."