December 2016

Application period opens for Summer School 2017 at UJ

The University of Johannesburg is pleased to provide U21 HS members with additional details about the Summer School they will host on 16-28 July 2017 on "Global Health and the Social Determinants of Health". The program will aim to educate the participants about the SDoH and how these link to health planning, service delivery and outcomes. Each participant will have an opportunity to actively engage with other participants and facilitators while gaining an understanding of the impact of the SDoH within their discipline and in health as a whole.

Quick facts about the program:

  • Cost: $800 USD per participating student
  • Up to 50 students can participate
  • For undergraduate students in health sciences programs
  • Up to 5 nominated students’ applications to be sent to Johannesburg by 31 March 2017
  • $500 USD subsidy available for each U21 HS member university sending at least 1 student
  • Four $500 USD competitive Executive Scholarships available for students
  • The period of the summer school will be a winter season in Johannesburg!

For more information on the program, please visit

U21 Medical Clinical Placement Program 2016 & 2017

In 2016, a total of 19 medical students from 8 institutions were given the opportunity to undertake an elective placement under the umbrella of the U21 Medical Clinical Placement Program. Ten U21 universities are currently participating in this program that allows medical students to undertake 4 to 12 weeks clinical placements at a U21 partner university, waived from administration fees. Since its launch in 2014, 53 students have benefited from this program. Information about placements available in 2017 can be found on our website at Information about 2018 placements will become available in January 2017.

2017 Gilbert Medal winner announced

Universitas 21 is honoured to announce that the 2017 Gilbert Medal has been awarded to Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, the 14th President of the International Association of Universities. Professor Dzul has a long and distinguished track record of university leadership, including spells as Vice Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM, 2000-2011) and of Albukhary International University (AiU, 2011-2013), where he developed the concept of "the humaniversity". Please visit the U21 website for more information.

2017 U21 Awards for Internationalisation announced

Universitas 21 is delighted to announce the award of honours to two star researchers, Professors Cora Burnett- Louw of the University of Johannesburg and Joseph Lo Bianco of the University of Melbourne. The U21 Awards were created in 2012 to recognise the innovative work being done at Universitas 21 member universities to the internationalisation of higher education within our members.  This year, two exceptional researchers are being honoured who have a lot in common, in that their work is being taken and applied to improve the world in which we all live and both have undertaken work which has been taken up by the Olympic movement. Read more on the U21 website.

U21 Global Ingenuity Challenge 2017

The details of the 2017 U21 Global Ingenuity Challenge are now available on the U21 website. The theme of the challenge this year is: ‘Promoting Cultural Inclusiveness in Society’.  Through this theme, we ask students to reflect on how they can be a force for change (on campus and beyond) through promoting a culturally inclusive environment and in supporting diversity. More specific criteria on the theme will be provided to participants at the commencement of the challenge in March 2017. Each member is invited to register at least one team for the challenge – please note that the fee for the first team from each member will be covered by U21, each additional team costs £175.

U21 Undergraduate Research Conference: 'Future Societies, Global Citizens'

The 2017 U21 Undergraduate research Conference will take place from 26-30 June 2017 at the University of Edinburgh on the theme of ‘Future Societies, Global Citizens’. Each U21 member institution is invited to nominate up to four student attendees plus up to two reserve candidates. In addition, each member can nominate an accompanying member of staff. Nominations should be sent to Edinburgh by 31 March 2017. Please contact your local U21 Student Mobility contact for more information.