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U21 Newsletter 201605

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Welcome to this month's news from the
Universitas 21 network.
U21:Connect contains the latest news and items of interest to staff and students across the Universitas 21 network.
Read on for a summary of the May articles or access the full version here:


U21:Connect - May 2016

    U21 News    
U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems 2016 now available online!
  • The 2016 Ranking includes the same 50 countries as previous reports, which have again been ranked separately by four areas and also given an overall rating.  

  • New for 2016 are productivity and drivers of research for the higher education sector, taking into account the relationships between inputs (resources and environment) and outcomes (output and connectivity).  

  • The top three countries, in order, are the United States, Switzerland and Denmark, the same as last year’s. The United Kingdom is now ranked fourth, a rise of four places from last year’s ranking. Next in order are Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and Singapore. Canada has fallen three places to ninth with Australia tenth.  

  • Please feel free to share this document within your universities and your wider network as well as via social media using #U21Ranking.  

  • To download your copy of the Rankings project as well as explore our data comparison chart and interactive map, please follow the link below:

U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems
U21 hold Annual Network Meeting and Presidential Symposium at NUS
  • Presidents and Vice Chancellors of U21 member universities, along with U21 Managers (who will now be referred to as Senior Leaders), were invited to discuss matters of importance to the network and to shape the forthcoming year's agenda.  

  • The meetings took place in Singapore from 11 to 13 May, during which the recent Gilbert Medal and U21 Award winners were presented with their awards.  

  • Many thanks to Professor TAN Chorh Chuan and all at NUS for being such gracious hosts.  

  • The next set of U21 meetings for Presidents will take place at the University of Nottingham in the UK from 3 to 5 May 2017.

Gilbert Medal and U21 Award winners recognised in Singapore
  • The former President of Ireland, Professor Mary McAleese, was presented with the Gilbert Medal by Chair of the U21 network Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Birmingham, and Professor TAN Chorh Chuan, President of the National University of Singapore.  

  • Dr. Mike Clifford, The University of Nottingham, and Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes, The Ohio State University, also received U21 Awards for internationalisation at the ceremony held during the U21 Annual Network Meeting at NUS.  

  • Many congratulations to all three recipients!

Gilbert Medal
U21 Award
  Educational Innovation  
U21 Educational Innovation Conference Update, October 26-28 2016
  • The 2016 Educational Innovation Conference will seek to define what constitutes teaching excellence in research intensive universities and how excellence developed, recognised and rewarded.   

  • The meeting will be arranged into five main themes, with each U21 institution able to nominate up to three members of senior staff to attend the event.    

  • Registration is now open and a detailed programme is available along with further details via the event page, please follow the link below for more:

EI Conference 2016

Large-data collection and analysis initiative
  • The EI Cluster are seeking to connect colleagues putting in large-data collection and analysis.  

  • There are many areas where cross-network cooperation may be useful - details of which are available via the link below.  

  • For more, please contact: Lavinia.winegar-gott@universitas21.com.  

  • UCD has offered to host the first meeting of this specialist group.

Data Collection Initiative
  Researcher Engagement  
Early Career Researcher Workshop Update
  • Nominations have now closed for the 2016 Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop taking place at the University of Edinburgh on 29 to 30 September.   

  • The theme of ‘Big Data at the heart of 21st century research’ has been highly popular and we have received the highest ever number of nominations for an ECR event.  

  • For more information, please follow the link below:

ECR Workshop
Outcomes from RE Cluster meeting in Maryland
  • Possibility of asking members to protect special funding for graduate mobility and to offer practical information on mobility for students planning a research stay within the network.  

  • Plans to increase the scope of the U21 '3 Minute Thesis' competition to include research by masters students from 2107 onward.  

  • Pecha Kucha-style presentations will be piloted at future ECR workshops to help researchers learn new skills for presenting for a non-academic audience and U21 research collaborations.


RE Cluster Meeting
    Student Experience    
‘Global Ingenuity Challenge 2016’ Inspires Student Creativity to New Heights
  • The winners of the 2016 Global Ingenuity Challenge are the University of Connecticut and Korea University.  

  • The submissions by Lund University, Fudan University and The University of Nottingham were highly commended by the judging panel.  

  • Sixteen teams from twelve institutions submitted their videos exploring innovative solutions to the 'Challenge of Sustainable Housing'.

  • For more information on the Global Ingenuity Challenge, or to watch the videos, please follow the links below:

GIC Winners
GIC Videos
Over 40 students from 18 members to participate in the Undergraduate Research Conference
  • URC 2016 will be held between 11 and 16 July at Tecnológico de Monterrey, with the theme “A global perspective on ageing societies”.   

  • Presentations will be available in electronic format after the conference.  

  • For more information, follow the link below:

URC 16

U21 Student Mobility Meeting to be held Denver on 27 May
  • 32 staff from 18 member universities will be attending the U21 Student Mobility meeting.   

  • The meeting will provide opportunities to network with peers, share member updates, get information on the work conducted by U21, as well as give feedback on current projects relevant to student mobility.  

  • The final agenda for the meeting is available via the link below:

Student Mobility Meeting
    People & Places    
UJ delegation attends Times Higher Education Africa Universities Summit 2016
  • The two day summit (27-29 April) saw delegates from UJ led by Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Ihron Rensburg and Executive Director of Internationalisation, Dr Pinkie Mekgwe, deliberating on shaping the future, internationalisation and collaboration of higher education in Africa.  

  • Professor Rensburg reflected on aspects of excellence for institutions and the definition of international excellence, whilst also maintaining local relevance, graduate employability, and the role of universities in producing young African academics in touch with the needs of Africa.

Universities Summit 2016
Birmingham and Nottingham partnership creates £10m research centre
  • The Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors (COMPARE) will bring together more than 20 leading researchers from both institutions to create more effective drugs with fewer side-effects to treat cardiovascular disease and cancer, while working with the pharmaceutical industry to develop the treatments.  

  • The partnership, which was initially launched five years ago, aims to promote collaboration on research, education and professional services.  

  • For more on the partnership, please follow the link below:

Birmingham-Nottingham Partnership

  

PUC and HKU Presidents meet in Hong Kong
  • Dr. Ignacio Sanchez, rector of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, visited the University of Hong Kong, where he met with President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Mathieson to review the current academic relations between the two institutions and to strengthen the current relationship.  

  • During the meeting Dr. Sanchez and Professor Mathieson discussed the state of higher education in both countries, focusing on the issue of internationalisation.  

  • Since 2010 PUC and HKU have had a bilateral agreement student exchange with over 20 students travelling between the institutions.

PUC-HKU Partnership

  

 

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