U21:Connect - June 2016

20 April 2016
The latest news and items of interest to staff and students across the Universitas 21 network.<br /> <br />

Welcome to the June edition of U21 Connect, featuring all the latest news and items of interest from the Universitas 21 network.



University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus PVC awarded OBE

UoNMC Provost Professor Christinne Ennew has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s 90thBirthday Honours list, for her contribution to international higher education and internationalisation. The former chair of U21’s Senior Leaders Group, Christine was recognised for her significant contribution to Nottingham’s pioneering internationalisation programme as well as her key role in developing the university’s international campuses in Malaysia and China. On hearing the news of her award, Professor Ennew said: “I am deeply honoured to receive this award. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to have been engaged in the increasing internationalisation of both The University of Nottingham and UK higher education more generally. I am particularly proud of what has been achieved through our innovative campus development in Malaysia and the impact that this has had in both countries.” Many congratulations to Chris from the Universitas 21 network.


UBC unveil new President

Dr. Santa Ono has been unveiled as the new President of the University of British Columbia. The former president of the University of Cincinnati joins in replacement of interim President Martha Piper. The Vancouver-born biomedical researcher who is a pioneer in experimental medicine has become the 15thPresident and Vice Chancellor of UBC. He will become president on August 15 for a five-year term.


University of Melbourne tackles maths gender imbalance

The University of Melbourne has taken the extraordinary step of opening up jobs to female applicants only in an attempt to drive change in the male-dominated area of mathematic academia. It is understood to be the first time the university has limited application to women only for permanent academic positions. Only around a quarter of all mathematics academics in Australia are female and the university is now advertising three positions in the School of Mathematics and Statistics for female applicants only in a bid to promote change in a notoriously underrepresented field.


Educational Innovation

U21 SOC – Planetary Urbanisation: Global Challenges in a Changing World

The nature and form of urbanization is rapidly changing. New cities form while others decline; urban development enhances economic chances for some but challenges quality of life for others. This module focuses on planetary urbanisation, the idea that whether living in cities or not, most of the world’s 7 billion people are impacted by the processes of urbanisation. The core question addressed during this module is:  what challenges does planetary urbanisation present for cities in different geographical settings? Can they be more livable? 

The key questions we address are:  

  • What is urbanisation? 
  • What is planetary urbanisation? 
  • What kinds of challenges face cities globally today? 
  • What might future cities look like?  

In addressing this, students will be asked to consider how is planetary urbanization different? How are we responding to global urban challenges? Will future cities be more livable? 

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • Discuss important urban challenges facing societies globally in the 21st century;
  • Explain ‘planetary urbanisation’ and articulate how it differs from historic forms of urbanisation;
  • Identify planetary urbanisation in action in their “home city”;
  • Compare how urban experiences are differentiated across space and time;
  • Demonstrate the value, and appreciate the importance, of intercultural learning. 

This course is delivered over 5 weeks and should take approximately 2-3 hours per week to complete. You will be asked to watch videos, complete readings, engage in discussion, and apply the ideas introduced to your own city and others.  No prior knowledge of geography, sociology or urban studies is required. 

A full course curriculum can be downloaded via: www.universitas21.com/link/u21soc16


Researcher Engagement

Registration opens for the Research Collaboration Group meeting

Registration is now open for the 2016 Research Collaboration Group (RCG) meeting hosted by UNSW Australia. The meeting will take place in Sydney on 8-9 September 2016 on the theme of “Collaborate or Crumble – the keys to success”.  Further information along with details on how to register can be found on the meeting webpage at: www.universitas21.com/link/rcg16. Further information including details of how to book accommodation and who to contact should you require an invitation letter for visa purposes can also be found.


Working with the SE Cluster on Mobility

Prof Chuck Caramello, DDoGS from UMD, represented the RE Cluster at a recent SE Cluster meeting on Student Mobility. He updated the group on a recent DDoGS workshop on graduate mobility at which they discussed opportunities, challenges and why undergraduate mobility seems to work better across the network. The DDoGS had noted that graduate mobility is often limited to where research collaborations already exist as there is a lack of ring-fenced funding and support available across the network.

Chuck facilitated a breakout session on Graduate Student Mobility Models and it was agreed that there was best practice that could be shared between mobility officers and graduate school colleagues, both within institutions and across the network, to help promote and support graduate mobility.


Student Experience

Collaboration enhanced at U21 Student Mobility Meeting

31 staff from 19 U21 members attended the Student Mobility Meeting held on 27 May 2016. This was an excellent opportunity to network and share updates on our members’ mobility strategies. Workout groups discussed various topics, including short-term mobility, quality standards, virtual mobility, graduate mobility and international work experience.


People and places

University of Auckland welcomes research funding boost

Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart McCutcheon applauded the government’s increased support for the Marsden Fund as news came that as part of the 2016 Budget, the fund would receive $66 million over the next four years. The Marsden Fund, a government fund administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand, is the country’s leading supporter of research projects driven by individual investigators. Professor McCutcheon welcomed the news and said that the ongoing governmental support ensured that research could continue: “The Marsden Fund supports our leading-edge research projects in science, engineering, maths, social sciences and humanities by providing grants for investigator-initiated research”, he said.


University of Amsterdam graduate leaves €4 million for bursaries

UoA graduate Trudie Vervoort-Jaarsma donated €4 million in her will to fund university research in what is the largest ever bequest of its kind by an individual. Her legacy is to be invested in two funds to dispense bursaries for research trips, postgraduate study and further academic research. The chairman of the university’s board of governors, Geert ten Dam, said the money would enable hundreds of students to receive extra funding and give a boost to teaching and research at the university.