Success Stories

Developing Malaria Vaccine – an example of a U21 Joint PhD

Christopher Haggarty-Weir’s aim was to be part of the top malaria research in the world and to help validate vaccine targets for pre-clinical development and beyond. Thanks to a U21 joint PhD programme between the University of Melbourne and the University of Edinburgh, he not only achieved this goal, but also went on to become the co-founder and Director of a stem cell technology company in Edinburgh (SpectCell) and founder of a biotech start-up and investment consultancy which has now been acquired by the Dutch multinational firm, ttopstart and the PNO Consulting group


U21 Staff Scholarship takes the Research Impact Agenda to a Global Level

Many universities in Australia have been considering how best to respond to the research  engagement and impact agenda and are looking to the experiences of universities in other countries to inform their work. In 2019 Joann Cattlin, from The University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education, received a U21 University of Melbourne Professional Staff Scholarship to undertake related research in the area, which enabled her to travel throughout Canada and the United States of America. 


A prize winning week in Dubai with the U21/PwC Innovation Challenge

Mac Montana won the Group B PwC/U21 Innovation Challenge, and was invited to spend a week with PwC in Dubai.  Along with a warm welcome, Mac received specialist career coaching and opportunities to learn more about how PwC is preparing the workforce of the future. 

Mac explains, 'Since I am an aspiring forensic accountant, I met with a member of the Forensic Accounting Team, learning about her career path and the team’s most common types of projects. I also participated in a coaching session with one of PwC’s most experienced coaches. In the session, I received some helpful suggestions for actions I can take to strengthen relationships with my colleagues and make communication easier.'


Professor Kuroda, Waseda University wins U21 Award

Professor Kazuo Kuroda from the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies was presented with the prestigious U21 Award at the U21 AGM for his remarkable contribution to the internationalisation of higher education. In his acceptance speech, Professor Kuroda made special mention of “Good Citizenship,” one of the three founding principles of Waseda University. He shared that the Waseda community has always strived to make contributions to the world, not restricting them to one’s country.


MEPs Consult U21 Research Leaders on Horizon Europe

Research Leaders from 10 Universitas 21 (U21) universities took up the invitation to meet MEPs, Director Generals and other stakeholders at the European Parliament on November 26-27th 2018 and gave their perspectives and advice on the role of international collaboration in Horizon Europe, an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme that will succeed Horizon 2020.