March 2017

U21 HSG Annual Meeting 2017 - University of Johannesburg


The theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting will be: "Global Health – Challenges, Constrains and Implementation Models". Key topics have been identified that align to the key drivers related to Global Health, but also resonate strongly with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Topics will include: health inequalities, social determinants of non-communicable diseases, mental health, women's health, children's health and HIV/AIDS. A tentative program will be made available in a few weeks and the final program will be ready by the end of May. Information will be posted on our website at as it becomes available. The next meeting of the scientific committee will take place at the end of March.

Doctoral Student Forum

The 2017 U21 HS Doctoral Student Forum will take place on Monday 18 September. The theme identified for this year's forum is "Sustaining Communities through my Research". Doctoral students will be invited to present how their research projects can be used to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The call for abstracts will open before the end of March.

2017 Teaching Excellence Award

We are pleased to announce that the call for nominations for the third U21 Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Award opened on March 1st, 2017. The award will consist of travel and accommodation to attend the 2018 U21 HSG annual meeting hosted by the University of Melbourne, where the two recipients will be required to collaborate to facilitate an educational workshop. Nominees must be faculty or instructors in one of the U21 HSG member institutions. They should hold a position with a significant component of teaching, and are normally expected to have completed between three to ten years of teaching duties. Only one candidate should be nominated by each U21 HSG member institution. The deadline for each institution to submit their nominated candidate is 16 June 2017. Please visit our website for more details about the Teaching Excellence Award.

Inaugural U21 SDG Awareness Week

In April 2016, University College Dublin organized their first SDG Awareness Week. This inspired the U21 SDG Student Committee to organize the first U21 SDG Awareness Week that will take place on 13-17 March 2017. The concept of the event is to encourage U21 institutions to run events to raise awareness about the SDGs in their universities during the same week. Students will be invited to share their experience on social media using a common hashtag (#U21SDGweek) and to share some of the presentations given in their universities with students from other institutions. Please visit our website to see the list of participating universities to the #U21SDGWeek and their program of activities.

U21 Medical Clinical Placement Program 2018

Medical students interested in completing clinical electives through the U21 Medical Clinical Placement Program can now access information about placements available between January and December 2018 in the 10 participating institutions. This U21 program has been running since 2014 and 53 medical students have benefited from it. We encourage U21 institutions that are not currently taking part in the program to join. Please contact Caroline for more information.

Paper published by U21 Social Media for Education in Health group

We are very pleased to report that the article 'Social Media in Health Science Education: An International Survey' was published by JMIR Medical Education in January 2017. The article presents some of the results of the U21 "Use of social media in health education" survey that was distributed among the health science staff and students from eight U21 universities in seven countries. The study demonstrates that a significant number of students across all health science disciplines self-reported sharing clinical images inappropriately, and thus request the need for policies and training specific to social media use in health science education. Congratulations to the U21 Social Media Group for this publication!

Deadline to send applications to Summer School 2017

Please be reminded that the deadline to send up to 5 student nominations to the U21 HS Summer School hosted by the University of Johannesburg is 31 March 2017. Information about the Summer School is available on our website at

Educational Innovation Conference Dates

The annual U21 Educational Innovation Conference will be held October 31-November 2, 2017, at Tec de Monterrey on their Monterrey campus. This year's discussions and workshops will explore "Challenging Traditional Thinking: Technology Enhanced Learning + Design Thinking". Additional program details, including registration information, will be available very soon.

Call for nominations opens for 2017 ECR workshop

The 2017 Early Career Researcher Workshop will take place on 4-6 October 2017 at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. This year’s theme is "Interculturality and Multiculturalism: the challenges for changing societies". The workshop is open to all researchers based within U21 members who are within eight years of receiving their PhD. A draft programme is now available on our website and nomination forms have been sent out to all members alerting them to start their internal selection processes. The deadline for the U21 Secretariat to receive nominations is Friday 5 May 2017. Further information is available on the event webpage.