U21 Newsletter 201504

发布时间: 2015-04-01      访问次数: 37
The latest news and items of interest to staff and students across the Universitas 21 network.

U21 news

Water Futures for Sustainable Cities

After three years’ collaboration, researchers from around the network involved in U21’s Water Futures for Sustainable Cities project have published their findings through a number of case studies in the prestigious online journal Ecology and Society. The case studies look at a variety of key water-related themes which fall under the broad heading of ‘the politics of water’.

Details can be found in the latest edition of U21:Discover (www.universitas21.com/link/DiscoverMarch2015) and the full articles can be read at http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/issues/view.php?sf=80

U21 well-represented at AIEA

The 2015 Association of International Education Administrators meeting took place in Washington in February and U21 was well-represented through a number of member institutions. Of particular interest was a paper given by Professor Iain Martin (UNSW Australia) and Andrea Edwards (Birmingham) entitled Beyond Study Abroad: innovative international strategies which drew on both institutions’ excellent international activity, including their long-term membership of Universitas 21.


U21: 《连接》现在有西班牙语和汉语版本啦!

你知道U21: 《连接》现在有西语和中文版本吗?这将方便那些母语非英语的成员更加容易地将网络新闻转发给他们的同事和学生。我们仍将英语作为本网络的商业语言,同时,我们正在寻求其他方式来增加母语非英语人士对U21成员校活动和机会的了解。

如果您希望收到我们月刊译本的邮件,请将您的姓名、邮件地址以及语种偏好发送邮件至 u21@universitas21.com。

U21:Connect disponible en español y en chino

¿Sabe que U21:Connect está ahora disponible en chino y en español? Esto permite que algunos de nuestros miembros que no son hablantes nativos de inglés remitan las noticias de la red a su personal, estudiantes y facultad más fácilmente. Mientras seguimos`s\vl VE`s\vl Vngua común de la red, estamos buscando formas de dar a conocer las oportunidades que los miembros de U21 proporcionan a aquellos cuya primera lengua no es el inglés.

Si quiere estar incluido en esta lista de contactos, por favor envíe un email a u21@universitas21.com con su nombre, dirección de email y sus preferencias de idioma.

Latest edition of U21:Discover now online

Issue 32 of U21:Discover, U21’s online newsletter, is now available for download! This edition features reports from all three clusters, updates on U21 events taking place around the network, an interesting Issue for All article on recruitment of international students and the Back Page Interview with Joaquin Guerra, U21 Manager for Tecnológico de Monterrey.


Educational Innovation

Deans of Education & FINE meetings

The 18th U21 Deans of Education meeting will take place in Chicago on 16 April. The meeting, held in parallel with the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference, boasts record attendance this year, with 23 members of staff from 12 U21 institutions participating.

U21 FINE (Forum for International Network in Education) members will also be meeting again this year at the AERA conference on 16 April, to align with the Deans of Education group’s gathering.


U21 Deans of Education co-sponsoring AERA sessions

This year, the U21 Deans of Education group is co-sponsoring and participating in several discussion panels at the AERA Conference, which draws 14,000 participants from around the world. These include: Evaluating the Productivity of Researchers in Varied Institutions: Consequences for Individuals and Institutions and Toward a Research Agenda on Rankings of Educational Institutions: Getting the Data Right and Getting the Right Data.


U21 Educational Innovation Conference

This “must attend” annual conference – open to up to three senior members of staff at U21 institutions involved in teaching and learning – will be held from 28 to 30 October 2015 at the University of Edinburgh. This year’s theme is Using the digital to capture the international. Keynote speakers include Dr Dave White, University of the Arts, London; Dr Matt Ratto, University of Toronto; Professor Liz Grant, University of Edinburgh; Professor Belinda Tynan, The Open University and Professor Agneta Bladh, former Director General at the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education.

Additional information registration instructions can be found online and the deadline for registration is 16 September.


Researcher Engagement

Graduate Research Conference

Registration for the 2015 GRC, hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University from 9 to 12 June is now open. Each university may send up to five students to present their research related to the conference theme Digital Futures. The nomination deadline is Monday 20 April and further details can be found at www.universitas21.com/link/GRC2015

Research Collaboration Group meeting

Registration is open for the Research Collaboration Group meeting to be held at the University of Nottingham on 28 and 29 May. The meeting will focus around two broad themes – International Research Collaboration and Industrial Engagement and Research. Further details and the registration form are available on the U21 website – www.univeristas21.com/link/RCGmeeting2015 . Colleagues organising the RCG meeting at Nottingham have also opened up a fellowship opportunity to U21 members, offering to fund 40% of a fellowship in Life Sciences through a Cascade-Fellows grant. More information can obtained at www.cascade-fellows.eu

RISE bid

Seven U21 members are finalising a bid to secure funding as part of the EU’s RISE (Research & Innovation Staff Exchange) initiative. The topic which has been identified is Global Food Security: Prevention and Valorisation of Waste in Food Production and will be led at the University of Nottingham by Professor Greg Tucker.

This initiative represents an exciting opportunity to utilise the U21 network and fund increased mobility to benefit all partners with an interest in this important theme within the global food security research agenda. It can also serve as an exemplar for future U21 collaborative activity more broadly, and is a genuine opportunity to demonstrate that U21 can leverage significant funding to facilitate future international cooperation in line with partners’ strategic visions.

More detail is in the latest edition of U21:Discover and we will report on progress as it unfolds.

Student Experience

Global Ingenuity Challenge

Students from Universitas 21 institutions are about to embark on a global challenge which aims to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems: how do we move people around in cities? Teams based in 11 different countries will be using the University of Nottingham’s online creative problem solving tool, Ingenuity Online, to break down the problem and develop innovative and scalable solutions. Teams will submit a three-minute video outlining their solutions to a judging panel for the chance to win US$1,000 and support to accelerate their development. All the ideas will be showcased at the U21 Student Summit in Chile this May. Follow the latest updates on Twitter - #U21ingenuity


SMN meeting

Registration is now open for the 2015 Student Mobility Network meeting, this year hosted by the University of Connecticut on 21 and 22 May. This year's meeting takes the theme Quality standards in student mobility: raising the bar on best practice. Those involved in Student Mobility at all our member universities are invited to send representatives to the meeting, which is immediately before the annual NAFSA Conference, taking place in Boston from 24 to 29 May.

More details and a link to the registration page can be found at www.universitas21.com/link/SMN2015

Hong Kong Summer Institute launched

The University of Hong Kong is offering discounts to U21 students who wish to participate in either of its Summer Institute programmes. The programmes on offer are Asia as the global future and Contemporary China. Both programmes include travel to different counties to study, first-hand, the differences in culture within Asia.

Details of all summer school offers for students at our member universities can be found at www.universitas21.com/link/iss

Edinburgh Summer Programme

Alongside the 10% discount offered to U21 students for the University of Edinburgh’s summer programme, the university has just launched two Scottish Summer Endeavour Bursaries. The bursaries are available to students from low income backgrounds and cover flights, accommodation and tuition fees. Additionally, there is a special package for groups of 10 students or more from a partner institution, which includes a place for one member of staff to spend a week in Edinburgh on an academic/administrative leadership development course, with accommodation included, from 7 to 11 September 2015 (this does not include travel expenses or subsistence).

Details of all summer school offers for students at our member universities can be found at www.universitas21.com/link/iss

People and places

New President and U21 Manager at Korea University

A change in senior management at Korea University has introduced two new faces to the U21 network. Professor Jaeho Yeom took office as President of KU in March, having been Executive Vice President for Administration and External Affairs there, so is already familiar to many within the network. Supporting him in U21 matters is Professor Sunhyuk Kim, the new Vice President for International Affairs and U21 Manager for KU. We look forward to welcoming them both to their first U21 AGM in May and to continued network collaboration with them and colleagues in Korea.


Nottingham VC leading fifth Life Cycle

Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice Chancellor of the University of Nottingham is, for the fifth year running, leading a fundraising cycle, Life Cycle across the UK. The Nottingham Life Cycle 5 challenge will be in support of dementia research, and a team of cyclists, led by Sir David and including Professor Wyn Morgan, a member of U21’s SE Cluster Steering Group, will undertake a series of challenges, including two gruelling rides – coast to coast across England and through the lochs and glens of Scotland. The team is aiming to raise £350,000 to help fund the university’s world-leading expertise in MRI scanning to study dementia and other degenerative conditions of the brain.



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