University of Sydney joins U21

It is with great pleasure that Universitas 21 welcomes the University of Sydney as the newest member of its global network of research-intensive universities. The network now comprises 28 world-leading institutions who share a common belief in the value of collaboration and internationalisation.  

The University of Sydney joins a group of existing members who span more than 18 countries and are committed to improving the student experience, supporting researcher engagement, and enhancing educational innovation. U21’s member-led initiatives and programmes are designed to benefit researchers, staff students through sharing resources, learning together and co-designing solutions to address the common challenges facing the higher education sector globally.  

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President of U21, Professor Tan Eng Chye, said the University of Sydney was ideally placed to work with U21 in promoting the internationalisation of higher education. 

“We are delighted to welcome the University of Sydney to our network of world-class, research-intensive universities,” he said. 

“The University of Sydney is already doing outstanding work with partners around the world. The University has the largest student exchange and study abroad programme in Australia. Its success in tackling key global issues is evidenced in its second-place ranking in the most recent THE Impact Rankings, which assess universities against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 

“The University of Sydney will bring a wealth of knowledge, ideas and experience to the network and we look forward to working together.”  

The University of Sydney’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Mark Scott, said joining U21 reflected the institution’s deep commitment to global engagement. 

“We’re delighted to join this international network of leading universities,” said Professor Scott.  

“The University of Sydney has a long history of collaboration with partners around the world. As we look to further strengthen our global engagement activities, the U21 network will offer rich opportunities for collaboration across teaching and research. 

“In sharing ideas, resources and bringing people together, we can find new ways to approach the challenges that face the higher education sector and address the world’s most pressing problems.”  

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Amber Bartlett