April 2017

U21 HSG Annual Meeting 2017 - University of Johannesburg


The theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting will be: "Global Health – Challenges, Constraints and Implementation Models". A draft program of the meeting is now available on our website at www.u21health.org/johannesburg-2017. Please note that the final program should be available by the end of May. Information about hotels will be posted on the website by the end of April.

Doctoral Student Forum - Call for abstracts open

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 are invited to present how their research projects can be used to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Interested students should submit their abstract before 1 June 2017 using the abstract submission form available on our website.

2017 Project funding approved

We are pleased to announce that two projects were recently awarded funding by the U21 Health Sciences Executive Committee.

- The first project is to develop an inter-professional U21 curriculum for Gender Based Violence as an interactive learning resource. The project is led by Dr Caroline Bradbury-Jones from the University of Birmingham and involves core team members from The University of Auckland, the University of Nottingham, the University of British Columbia, the University of Glasgow and the University of Melbourne representing the disciplines of Nursing, Public Health, Pharmacy and Medicine. The project stems from a workshop offered at the U21 HSG annual meeting in Birmingham 2016 entitled: ‘Where does it fit? Incorporating Teaching on Violence against Women and Girls into Health Professional Programs Globally’.

- The second project is to produce a short promotional video of U21 HSG activities. This project is led by Sibusiso Mdletshe (Johannesburg) and Karen Dorrian (Auckland) on behalf of the U21 International Development Group (IDG). The IDG has noted the lack of exposure of U21 HSG activities in each institution and the video will be used as a marketing tool in order to ensure that U21 HSG activities are publicized wider in each member university.

Inaugural U21 SDG Awareness Week

The first U21 SDG Awareness Week took place on 13-17 March 2017. The following five universities participated: University of Glasgow, Lund University, University of Birmingham, The University of Auckland and Tecnologico de Monterrey. The program of events at each institution and photos can be found on our website. It is anticipated that the U21 SDG Student Committee will run this initiative again next year, and they hope more universities will be able to join.

Global Learning Partnership 2018

We are thrilled to announce that plans are underway to run the second U21 Health Sciences Global Learning Partnership from 18 March to 13 April 2018. The format of the program will be very similar to the GLP piloted in 2016 with one week based at the University of Kathmandu and three weeks in a community. The Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences has indicated that students from different disciplines (medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy and possibly nursing) will be participating in the project. More information will be available to U21 students about eligibility criteria, cost and application process during the summer.

Article on participation to U21 HS Summer School in Chile

Please take a moment to read this wonderful article written by Sabrina Carter, nursing student at the University of Nottingham, about her experience as a participant to the U21 HS Summer School hosted by Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in July 2016. The article was published in the Nursing Times in March 2017: Globe-trotting and developing professionally as a nurse (read as PDF). 

U21 Rankings author published in Center for International Higher Education

‘A Good National System of Higher Education: the Lessons of the U21 Rankings’ has been selected to be included in an upcoming book published by the Center for International Higher Education in collaboration with University World News. The book is titled Understanding Global Higher Education: Insights from Key Global Publications, the publication will offer an overview of the diverse themes addressed by University World News and International Higher Education in the last 5 years. The article by Professor Ross Williams, author of the U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems, is available here. The U21 Rankings for 2017 will be launched on 5th May 2017 during the U21 Annual Network Meeting and Presidential Symposium at the University of Nottingham.

Citations, Impact and International Ranking Symposium

The University of Hong Kong, in partnership with Elsevier, is hosting a research management symposium on Citations, Impact and International Ranking. The symposium will allow pertinent and emerging issues to be discussed with various stakeholders and provide an opportunity to share ideas, findings, challenges and solutions in this important field. Several U21 members are represented in the list of speakers, including Professor Andrew Deeks (UCD) and Dr Martin Kirk (UBC). As hosts, the University of Hong Kong are offering to waive the registration fee for up to two nominees from each Universitas 21 member university. Nominees will be collated by the U21 Research Leaders and must be confirmed with HKU by 15th April 2017. Full details of the conference program and online registration, for those not covered by the fee waiver, can be found at: http://vpr.hku.hk/colloquium. For further details, please contact Christina Mellor.