April 2015

Extended deadline for Summer School 2015

Tec de Monterrey has already accepted 12 students from 8 U21 institutions to the second U21 Health Sciences Summer School that will take place on 6-18 July. Tec de Monterrey is accepting additional nominations for the program until Friday 24 April, 2015. Applications sent after March 21 will not be considered for the U21 HS Executive Scholarships. U21 HS members are reminded that they will receive a $500 USD subsidy if they send at least one student to the Summer School. Please visit the U21 HS website for more information on how to apply.

Summer School Scholarships awarded

Four students who will attend the U21 HS Summer School at Tec de Monterrey were recently awarded a U21 HS Executive Scholarship of $500 USD. Congratulations to Helena (University of Johannesburg), Carmen (The University of Auckland), Stephanie (Lund University) and Sean (University of Nottingham). We wish you all the best for the Summer School!

5th U21 European UN MDG workshop in Lund

After successful U21 European UN MDG student workshops held in Nottingham in June 2011, Lund in June 2012, Birmingham in June 2013 and Dublin in June 2014, Lund University is pleased to invite U21 partners to the fifth U21 European UN MDG - SDG student workshop. The aim of the workshop is to stimulate interprofessional problem-solving with focus on the MDGs-SDGs. The workshop will be held on Friday 5th June (afternoon) and Saturday 6th June. Lund University is currently looking to recruit a range of health sciences students from U21 member universities in Europe in their 3rd or 4th year to participate in the workshop. If you are interested in sending a group of students, please contact Caroline.

U21 HS Teaching Excellence Award

At the U21 HS Deans of Medicine in September 2014 in Shanghai, there was a discussion about the need to better recognize and value educational scholarship in an academic university setting particularly amongst research-intensive universities. Deans came up with the idea of a U21 HS Teaching Excellence Award as to how the U21 HSG could make a unique contribution in this regard. A draft proposal for an award was recenlty approved by the Deans of Medicine and the U21 HS Executive Committee, and Caroline will be sending information to all U21 HS members during the month of April regarding the terms and conditions of the award, as well as the nomination and selection processes. The first winners of the U21 HS Teaching Excellence Award will be announced at the U21 HSG annual meeting in Santiago in September 2015.

U21 HS Executive Officer maternity leave

Members of the U21 Health Sciences Group are invited to note that Caroline Voisine, U21 HS Executive Officer, will be going on maternity leave starting June 27, 2015, for a period of 9 months. The U21 HS Executive Committee is currently making the necessary arrangements to find a temporary replacement for this period, and will inform U21 HS members as soon as information becomes available.