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  • Rocket taking off from launch pad

    Can bright young minds working together across borders be the key to taking on some of the global challenges society faces?

  • 2022 U21 3MT Global Competition winners

    U21 are pleased to announce the 2022 winners of our Global Three Minute Thesis® Competition


  • 3MT Logo

    Voting now open for the 2022 U21 3MT® People's Choice.

  • U21 Global Citizens logo 2022

    Applications are open from today for U21's Global Citizens programme, open to students at all U21 member universities.


  • U21 and PwC Innovation Challenge banner 2022

    LAUNCHING TODAY: U21 and PwC Innovation Challenge 2022. Calling all universities and graduate students...entries are now open for our yearly challenge, where you could win bespoke career coaching at the PwC Academy.


  • ARUA and U21 logos shown together

    Universitas21 and the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) have announced the joint signing of a three-year Memorandum of Understanding. Establishing a network-to-network partnership will expand the depth of U21s links to the African continent and support joint research and knowledge exchange globally with African nations.


  • A group photo of all delegates at the 2022 U21 AGM

    For our colleagues who were able to attend our first post-pandemic AGM in person, it was an exciting occasion.  

    Over three days, across meetings, presentations, our Presidential Symposium and social occasions, the issues before us became evident. 

    As the world moves from the Covid-19 pandemic to Covid-19 being endemic and with a potential new pandemic in the wings, we are at a time of extraordinary and rapid transition. 

  • Could you offer one of our finalist groups one time or on-going mentoring, introductions to your network or share useful resources? If so then pledge your support now!

    From enabling more refugees to gain language support to assisting young education leaders to further mitigate the academic impact of Covid-19, U21 is delighted to play a role in furthering the impact of student social entrepreneurs via the RISE showcase and Award.

  • A badge which reads 'celebrating 25 years U21'

    Ahead of the U21 AGM hosted by the University of Birmingham on the 4th - 6th May, Provost Jenny Dixon reflects on and celebrates 25 years of U21. 

  • Awards

    The U21 Awards recognise individual or team efforts in a U21 university, particularly the development of innovative or extraordinary projects within international Higher Education.

  • picture of a group of people in pink and white t-shirts the person in the middle hold up the Common Wealth Baton

    Universitas 21 member, the University of Birmingham is an Official Partner of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, and is the Official Global University Partner of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

  • Women with a short blond bob smiles into the camera. She sits behind a large table in a dark wood panelled room.

    Universitas 21 is delighted to announce that Rachel Sandison Deputy Vice Chancellor - External Engagement and Vice Principal - External Relations, University of Glasgow, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Student Experience Cluster.

  • Picture of historic building on university of sydney campus with Sydney city skyline in the background

    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.  

  • Could you offer one of our finalist groups one time or on-going mentoring, introductions to your network or share useful resources? If so then pledge your support now!

    RISE projects offer a unique opportunity for the U21 network and its members to contribute to global challenges via grassroots, community-focused initiatives.

  • Virtual programmes for student learning about SDGs - The U21 Experience

    "Ultimately it’s about equipping students with the skills they need to take practical action now on the Sustainable Development Goals they are most passionate about and inspire them to go out into the world and make a difference."

  • A graphic of four paperclips

    The forum offered a unique opportunity for staff in educational development units to come together and share practices and experiences with like-minded professionals across the globe.

  • Image of grey haired man in a dark suit, white shirt and red and black striped tie. He is smiling towards the camera.

    Universitas 21 is delighted to announce that Jim Lowe, Assistant Vice-Provost, University of Connecticut, has been elected as the new Chair of the Employability Group. This group comprises senior representatives in the area of Careers and Employability from the network’s 27 member universities.

  • ecr workshop 2022

    This year’s online ECR workshop brought together nearly 80 participants from 17 U21 universities, across 12 countries, to address the challenges faced in Planetary Health today; the rapid degradation of our planet threatens the health – and survival – of communities around the world.

  • A cream building at Lund University with columns, superimposed with a magnolia tree in bud and the Lund University logo.

    On February 16 & 17 2022, Lund University hosted a two-day online Education Innovation Symposium for U21 members on the topic Teaching for Sustainability. 

  • Mobility Article - Virtual Mobility

    Does international mobility give the already advantaged, a further head-start in life?

    As the pandemic has forced higher education and research to reconsider its international experiences, and access to the same, will the adjustments made over the last two years become lasting change once we can once again move freely around the globe? Our Provost Jenny Dixon discusses this with some U21 members.

  • 2021 Impact Report Cover

    U21 is delighted to publish it's interactive PDF Impact Report covering activities undertaken in 2021.

    The  report showcases how the network through a digital first approach, necessitated by the ongoing global pandemic, continued to engage member institution staff, students and researchers in global collaboration.

  • Climate Emergency

    Networks such as Universitas 21 facilitate mutual support to meet net zero targets, say Tan Eng Chye and Anton Muscatelli.

  • HREX Banner

    Unversitas 21 are delighted to announce that the 2020 Researcher Resilience Fund (RRF) project Health Research Exchange (HREx) has successfully secured further funding under the Researcher Resilience Sustainability Fund (RRSF). 

  • 3MT Winner Man with Brown Hair

    Universitas 21 are pleased to announce that this year's winner of the highly competitive 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is Morgan Morris from University College Dublin.

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    U21 are delighted to announce that three Graduate Collaborative Research Award (GCRA) projects have been chosen to receive funding this year.

  • Winner

    Find out the winners of this year's U21/PwC Innovation Challenge.

  • Global Student Banner

    U21 Global Student is a new student pathway designed by Universitas 21, providing sustainable international experiences for all students across the network. The pathway, delivered in partnership with Common Purpose, brings together U21’s existing student programmes with a suite of bespoke online initiatives. U21 Global Student provides students with opportunities to develop their leadership potential and international networks whilst supporting them to make a sustainable impact on their communities and further their future aspirations. 

  • Sustainability International Impact award winners

    Universitas 21 is honoured to have won the Sustainability International Impact award at the 2021 PIEoneer Awards.

  • Image of Peter Mascher

    Universitas 21 is delighted to announce that Professor Peter Mascher from McMaster University has been elected as the new Chair of the Senior Leaders’ Group. 

  • People at computer

    The U21 Employability Group, led by the University of Queensland, is delighted to launch their self-reflection toolkit, designed to support staff, students and alumni to integrate self-reflection into their academic journey.