U21: Connect - December 2013

05 December 2013
Welcome to the December e-bulletin with the latest news and items of interest to staff and students across the Universitas 21 network.


First Student Leaders’ Network Meeting Announced

The inaugural meeting of the Student Leaders’ Network will take place at Lund University from 24-25 February 2014. The meeting will focus on open discussion to establish how the Student Leaders’ Network will operate. U21 Members are invited to send up to two representatives, chosen from their organised student bodies. The participating leaders should be currently engaged in student participation and educational issues at their institution and must be willing to represent the voice of students at their university.

Please visit the U21 event page for full details regarding this event, including a downloadable programme and details of how to register:


Nominations Now Open for U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps Programme 2014

Following two successful years of the U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps programme (SEC), the University of Connecticut has announced plans to run the event again in 2014. The programme is based in Guatemala and allows students interested in international development to work directly with Social Entrepreneur Corps field professionals and social entrepreneurs to help establish new and grow existing micro-consignment supported businesses.

The 2014 programme will run from 26 May – 18 July and is divided into pre-arrival preparation in a virtual classroom, followed by in-country orientation and field work.

Full event information, including the programme structure and details about how to register, is now available on the U21 website: www.universitas21.com/link/sec2014

Each U21 institution is invited to submit one guaranteed and up to two ranked reserve student nominations. Please contact Zahra Ali (zahra.ali@uconn.edu) to request a nomination form. All forms must be returned to Zahra by 1 March 2014.

Plans Outlined for Second Annual Student Summit

The second annual U21 Student Summit will be hosted by the University of Glasgow from 13-15 May 2014 on the theme:How can universities best prepare students for the careers of the future?  

Following on from the first Student Summit, hosted by the University of British Columbia in May 2013, the event will again run alongside the U21 AGM and Presidential Symposium and aims to give students a stronger voice within the U21 network. Member universities will be invited to send one to three students to attend the Summit, using their own selection criteria.

A programme outline is now available on the U21 website and further details, including details of how to register will be available on this page in February 2014:


For further information or any queries, please contact Sarah.Ward@glasgow.ac.uk

Details Now Online for First Health Sciences Summer School

The inaugural Health Sciences Summer School will run from 7-18 July 2014 and will be hosted by The University of Auckland on the theme:Substance Misuse Studies - A Harm Reduction Approach.

The U21 HS Summer School will focus on the issue of substance misuse and its consequences from a public health perspective.  The HS Summer School is targeted at students who have completed at least two years of study within a health sciences discipline (details of which are listed on the event page). For more information please visit:


Registration for this event will open early in 2014 and details will be made available on the event page in due course.

Please contact Caroline Voisine (caroline.voisine@ubc.ca) with any queries.

Dates Announced for 2014 Undergraduate Research Conference

The 2014 Undergraduate Research Conference will be hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University from 7-11 July 2014 on the theme:Food Security: better food, better life

The conference will involve lectures from eminent academics in the field of food safety/food security, student presentations, poster session, plus a sightseeing tour in and around Shanghai.

Further details regarding this conference will be available on the event page in due course:


 Please contact Li Shushu with any queries: (lss@sjtu.edu.cn).

Maryland to Host 2014 Researcher Collaboration Group Workshop

The University of Maryland will host the second Researcher Collaboration Group workshop on 7-8 April 2014. The 2014 workshop will explore funding opportunities available from American sources, and the group will also use this event as a means to share knowledge of all U21 regional funding bodies and grants available to fund international joint projects and mobility. Denise Clark, Associate Vice President for Research Administration, Division of Research UMD and co-chair of this U21 collaboration, will work with the current group chair, David Crowley (Head of International Research Development, University of Nottingham) to build the programme. More information regarding the 2014 workshop will be available on the U21 website in due course.

Registrations for Global Citizenship Workshop to Open Shortly 

The inaugural Global Citizenship workshop will be held at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus from 13-14 March 2014. This workshop will explore our current understanding and approach towards promoting Global Citizenship within the student body, and specifically address the question of how a global university network can develop activities that support partner organisations in enhancing student engagement with an understanding of Global Citizenship.

Members from the following groups are encouraged to attend, particularly where individuals or teams have already engaged with issues relating to Global Citizenship in their own institutions:

  • U21 Students (one nomination per institution)
  • U21 Professional Services
  • U21 Academics

For more information, including further details of eligibility and a programme outline, please visit the event page: www.universitas21.com/link/gcworkshop.

Details of how to register will be available on this page very shortly. Please contact Sue Dengate (s.dengate@uq.edu.au) with any queries.


New Deputy Vice-Chancellor Appointed for Queensland

Following the retirement of Dr Anna Ciccarelli in November 2013, Professor Monique Skidmore has been appointed as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) for the University of Queensland. Professor Skidmore is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International and Major Projects) at the University of Canberra, and has also previously held academic positions at U21 Members McGill and Melbourne. Professor Skidmore will commence her role in March 2014 and we look forward to welcoming her to the network shortly.


Lund Announces 2014 Summer Housing Grant

Lund University will be holding another Summer Housing Grant scheme in the summer of 2014, with the aim to further strengthen and develop links between U21 partner institutions.

The grant covers rent for university housing in Lund for a period of up to four weeks between 15 June and  15 August 2014. Two grants are available and will be awarded to staff members or PhD students from U21 members. Applicants should already have a contact at Lund.

Details of how to apply are available on the U21 website and applications should be received no later than 31 January 2014:


Please contact Ulrika af Sillén (ulrika.af_sillen@er.lu.se) with any queries.

Connecticut Seeks Faculty Volunteers to Assist with Ethiopian Water & Health Programme

The Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources (EIWR) at Addis Ababa University (AAU) and the University of Connecticut seek faculty to assist with either short-term teaching in Ethiopia, or to act as a remote advisor to students in the Water and Health programme. The Institute and graduate programme are supported by a USAID Higher Education Development grant, awarded to UConn and AAU:

Short-term teaching

UConn seeks course instructors who can travel to Ethiopia to deliver an intensive three-week graduate-level course as part of the Water and Health graduate degree programme between now and Summer 2015. Currently, instructors are required for the following courses:

  • Water Associated Diseases
  • Advanced Biostatistics
  • Molecular Environmental Biology

Instructors will receive a stipend and will be reimbursed for travel and living expenses. Individuals interested in teaching any of these courses should contact Michael Accorsi at accorsi@engr.uconn.edu for additional information. Please indicate the course and a three-week period when you would be available to teach.

Remote International advising

Faculty are required to serve as international research advisors to Master’s and PhD students on the UConn Water & Health graduate programme. Faculty research advisors will mentor students through ongoing online collaboration and feedback and guidance is required in one of the following areas:

  • Water and Wastewater treatment
  • Water and Public Health

These positions are voluntary. Students have recently enrolled on the current programme and advisors are required to offer guidance to the students until their graduation in 2015. Interested individuals should contact Joy Larson at joy.larson@engr.uconn.edu for additional information.

Queensland Recognised in Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Awards

The University of Queensland has won the Award for Excellence in International Education Delivery at Brisbane’s Lord Mayor's Business Awards 2013.

The Director of Queensland’s Office of Undergraduate Education, Dr Jessica Gallagher, said of the award:

“UQ has developed a unique student leadership programme for undergraduate students, the UQ Advantage Award. The award provides students with opportunities to extend themselves beyond the classroom, gain a better understanding of the world, and develop key competencies that employers value.”

Dr Gallagher also commented that Queensland was widely recognised throughout Asia, with outstanding alumni engaged in senior positions across academia, business and government, and that Queensland services include extensive support and resources to connect graduating students with prospective employers.

We congratulate Queensland on this achievement on behalf of the network.