The Global Learning Partnership is one of the most inspirational experiences I have been involved in. The students were exceptional ambassadors for their universities. This demonstrated to me the strength of the U21 HSG as an inter-professional health science group engaging in discussions and debates regarding health related curricula and research with the aim of enhancing both local and global health outcomes.
— Gillian Webb, Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne


The Global Learning Partnership (GLP) programme is a student experience initiative that has been running since 2016 by the UN Sustainable Development Goal group, one of the project groups of U21 HSG.

The UN SDG group's vision is to facilitate the training of health sciences students to develop tools to be used by academics that aim to increase awareness of the SDGs.

After the successful pilot in 2016 we have partnered again this year with Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences in Nepal to run the programme with a group of students from U21 HSG member universities.

The Model

The key purpose of the GLP is to encourage close collaboration and sharing of information between students and staff across all universities, and across all cultures. It also focuses closely on the inclusion of host-country students and academics and is designed to encourage and build global citizenship amongst all participants.

The programme provides students from a variety of health professions across U21 HSG member universities an opportunity to work with health science students from a university in a country where the SDG’s are relevant.

The benefits 

The following principles underpin the design of the GLP:

·         Global health experiences result in attitudinal change and increased cultural understanding

·         Interprofessional education results in effective healthcare clinicians

·         International partnerships result in capacity building, mutually beneficial educational gain and resource sharing


Global Learning Partnership 2020

Full details of the 2020 Global Learning Partnership will be added soon.

Please click here to download the application form.


Health professional workforce education in the Asia Pacific
Lees, Jessica; Webb, Gillian; Coulston, Frances, Smart, Aidan; Remedios, Louisa. Journal of Public Health Research, 2016, Vol 5, No 1.

A review of the literature to inform the development of a new model of global placement: the Global Learning Partnership
Lees, Jessica; Webb, Gillian. Physical Therapy Reviews, 2017


In the news

Inaugural Universitas 21 Global Learning Partnership initiative in Nepal a success, University of Melbourne, 15 September 2016

Previous GLP programmes