Lund student to design inaugural Gilbert Medal

06 December 2011
The first Gilbert Medal will be awarded in May 2012 and students at Lund University, where the medal will be presented, are being given the opportunity to design it.

In May 2012 Universitas 21 will award the first Gilbert Medal for excellence in internationalisation and students at Lund University, the host of the 2012 U21 Annual Presidential Meeting and venue for the award ceremony, are being given the opportunity to join in by designing the medal to be presented.

The competition is open to all students of Industrial Design and Architecture at Lund and the selection panel will be looking for a design which both captures aspects of international education and illustrate that the 2012 medal originated from Lund University.  All the subsequent year's designs will be based upon the inaugural medal, tailoring each to the award ceremony venue.

The Gilbert Medal, named in honour of the founder of Universitas 21 and major lifelong proponent of the benefits of internationalisation, both honours the vision of the late Professor Alan Gilbert who died in July 2010 and celebrates some of the core objectives of the Universitas 21 network, namely to increase understanding, trust and partnership between international universities; enhance teaching, learning and research across physical boundaries; and strengthen collaboration between like-minded universities across the world.  

Speaking as the competition was launched at Lund, Jane Usherwood, U21's Secretary General, commented: "We are delighted to be able to involve students from Lund in the process of awarding the first Gilbert Medal.  The recipient of the Medal will be someone whose work has influenced the experiences of many students around the world and by designing the Medal, students from Sweden will be able to demonstrate graphically what the internationalisation of education means to them.  We are very much looking forward to seeing their designs."