May 2017

Two new Universitas 21 members join network

Universitas 21 is delighted to welcome two more world-class universities into the U21 network. The University of Zurich (Switzerland) and Waseda University (Japan) officially joined U21 during the recent AGM at the University of Nottingham, May 2017. “The global standing of both of our new partners and the internationally acknowledged quality of their education and research represents a hugely positive addition to the U21 community” said U21 Provost, Prof Bairbre Redmond. “Both of our new members have a very strong commitment to internationalistion and their membership of the network increases opportunities for student mobility (undergraduate and postgraduate), research, staff exchanges and project development across U21’s twenty-five research-intensive universities. 

Further information can be found on the Universitas 21 news pages.

WUN Annual Conference and AGM held in New York 

In the first week of May, members of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) gathered in New York City for the annual WUN Conference and AGM 2017. WUN meetings bring together our global knowledge partnership to focus on major regional and international challenges. In doing so, we engage with universities, business, international agencies and NGO’s to align our research and education objectives to practical and policy objectives. Representatives - including researchers, experts, administrators, practitioners and policymakers - from WUN’s 21 member universities and external partner organisations were given the opportunity to engage in academic workshops, the WUN AGM and Presidents Forum. This year’s AGM provided a key opportunity for all stakeholders to form a fit-for-purpose strategic plan to carry WUN into the next decade. Many longstanding members from the network were present, as well as representatives from WUN’s newest members - Renmin University of China, the University of Nairobi and National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) alongside guests from the United Nations, the Institute of International Education, the  Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, IBM and others. WUN’s annual flagship event addressed major themes such as ‘The role of higher education in reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals’, ‘Navigating the global skills crisis’ and ‘Partnerships and why they matter’.

Further information regarding the 2017 AGM and outcomes of the WUN Conference can be found on the WUN website.