June 2017

U21 HSG Annual Meeting 2017 - University of Johannesburg

Program and registration

The theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting is: "Global Health – Challenges, Constraints and Implementation Models". The program of the meeting is available here (please contact Caroline if you need to receive a PDF copy by email). An updated program including venues and details on social events will be circulated to members in the coming weeks, together with a link to register for the meeting. 

Doctoral Student Forum - Deadline extended for call for abstracts

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 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The deadline to submit an abstract has been extended to 30 June 2017.

SDG Workshop

The U21 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Workshop will take place on Tuesday 19 September 2017 from 9am to 12pm. Members of the U21 SDG Strategy Working Group are extending an invitation to all delegates who will attend the Annual Meeting to join them for the SDG Workshop. The U21 SDG Initiative is U21 HSG’s longest-running initiative and the group is proud of the inter-professional work that has been achieved for the last 10 years. As they continue the work to support the implementation of the SDGs in university curricula, they are looking for new members to join their working group. Join them on 19 September to learn more and get involved.

Clinical Simulation Group Session

The University of Johannesburg will be hosting a Clinical Simulation group session on Tuesday 19 September from 2pm to 4pm. Those delegates who wish to be involved will be transported from the Auckland Park campus to the Doornfontein Campus where UJ's simulation laboratories are. Here, they will be taken on a short tour of the simulation facility and then witness a 10 min demonstration of a clinical simulation using the UJ SATLAB system. Then there will be some discussion on future collaboration and networking. 

Looking for presenters for inter-disciplinary workshop

Inter-disciplinary workshops will take place on Thursday 21 September in the afternoon. A choice of at least 3 topics will be offered to delegates, including a workshop to kick start the project to develop a curriculum for gender-based violence. Another workshop will focus on curricular experiences in caring for disadvantaged populations, in particular those with mental health conditions. We are looking for two or three volunteers to present on such curricular experiences in their institutions. Please contact Caroline if you are interested.

Accommodation in Johannesburg

The University of Johannesburg recommends 3 hotels from where they will collect and drop the delegates during the U21 HS Annual Meeting 2017. The three recommended hotels are located in the Rosebank area. Please visit our website for additional details on each hotel. Please note that all delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation.

Summer School - University of Johannesburg

A group of 39 students from 12 institutions and 7 health disciplines will take part in the 2017 U21 HS Summer School hosted by the University of Johannesburg in July on the topic 'Global Health and the Social Determinants of Health'. This is the largest, most represented group of students ever accepted for this program. The U21 HS Executive Committee awarded 8 scholarships of $500 USD to meriting students to help them with the costs associated with attending the Summer School. Congratulations to Pauline Bohm (Chile), Sophie Bonser (Queensland), Catalina Campusano (Chile), Apurva Kasture (Auckland), Belinda Namuddu (Nottingham), Lauren Sheehan (Dublin), Katherine Skidmore (Auckland) and Ana Villagomez (Monterrey).

SDG European Student Workshop - University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow hosted the 7th U21 UN SDG European Student Workshop on 26-27 May. Close to 60 students from 6 institutions attended the workshop. A report will be available on the website shortly. In the meantime, you can read the program of the workshop and see some photos. Thank you to the University of Glasgow for hosting this workshop, and a special thank you to Josefine Tecklenborg, medical student in Glasgow, for all her work organizing this event.

Teaching Excellence Award 2017

A reminder to all U21 HSG institutions that the deadline to receive your nomination for the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award is 16 June 2017. Details about the 2017 call is available on our website. We are also pleased to announce that three members of the U21 Educational Innovation Steering Group will be members of our selection committee. Many thanks to Simon Bates (UBC), Graeme Aitken (Auckland) and Susan Bridges (HKU).

Article on 2014 Summer School's evaluation

Colleagues at The University of Auckland have published an article on the evaluation of the 2014 U21 Health Sciences Summer School on the topic of harm reduction. Many congratulation to them for this excellent article.
Janie Sheridan, Peter Adams, Chris Bullen & David Newcombe (2017): An evaluation of a harm reduction Summer School for undergraduate health professional students, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, DOI: 10.1080/09687637.2016.1262824

Spotlight on Graduate Collaborative Research Awards

The next funding round of the U21 Graduate Collaborative Research Awards is now open, which enable doctoral candidates to develop international research collaborations within the U21 network. The Awards fund doctoral research collaborative research projects (in any discipline) from at least three U21 members, in at least two countries (normally from different global regions). Applications close on 1 August 2017, click below for more details.
Graduate Collaborative Research Awards

University of Nottingham host U21 Network Presidents and Senior Leaders - May 2017

In May '17 the University of Nottingham hosted U21 Presidents and Senior Leaders for the 2017 Annual Network Meetings and Presidential Symposium to set the network agenda for the forthcoming year. In celebration of U21 collaboration, 25 trees were planted at U. Nottingham's 'Universitas 21 Avenue’ during the meetings, one to represent each of the twenty-five U21 member universities. Further details are available on the University of Nottingham Website. The prestigious Gilbert Medal and U21 Awards for Internationalisation 2017 were also presented at a celebratory Gala Dinner, full details of the recipients and the 2017 awards can be found on the U21 Website.

Two new Universitas 21 Members Join Network

Universitas 21 is delighted to welcome two more world-class universities into the U21 network. The University of Zurich (Switzerland) and Waseda University (Japan) officially joined U21 during the recent AGM at the University of Nottingham, May 2017. “The global standing of both of our new partners and the internationally acknowledged quality of their education and research represents a hugely positive addition to the U21 community” said U21 Provost, Prof Bairbre Redmond. “Both of our new members have a very strong commitment to internationalistion and their membership of the network increases opportunities for student mobility (undergraduate and postgraduate), research, staff exchanges and project development across U21’s twenty-five research-intensive universities.

U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems launched for sixth consecutive year

The Universitas 21 Ranking System is the only one in the world to assess national higher education systems, thereby shifting discussion from the ranking of individual universities, to the best overall national systems. The 2017 U21 Ranking includes the same 50 countries as in previous reports, which have again been ranked separately by four areas and also given an overall rating.  The top five countries overall, in order, are the United States, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden. The U21 Rankings also allow countries to benchmark with others at similar stages of economic development. Relative to levels of GDP per capita, the top countries, in alphabetical order, areDenmark, Finland, New Zealand, Serbia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.