July 2017

U21 HSG Annual Meeting 2017 - University of Johannesburg

Detailed information about the meeting is available at www.u21health.org/johannesburg-2017

Registration is now open!

Please go to www.uj2017.co.za to register online. Please note that registration will close on 1 September 2017. 

Invitation letter

If you require an invitation letter to apply for a visa to travel to South Africa, please contact Annette Ford at u21hsannualmeeting@uj.ac.za

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.

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.


Summer School - University of Johannesburg

The 2017 U21 Health Sciences Summer School starts on 16 July. A group of 37 international students from 12 institutions and 7 health disciplines, together with 9 students from the University of Johannesburg will have 2 weeks to work on the topic of 'Global Health and the Social Determinants of Health'. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook to read updates about the event.


Social Media Resources and Assets

We remind U21 HSG members that the U21 Social Media in Health Working Group has developed a number of resources and assets that can help institutions engage with Social Media within the learning environment. Resources include a Social Media and Assessment Tool Kit and a Social Media in Health Professional Education workshop. Resources are available at www.u21health.org/social-media-repository. The U21 Social Media group has also published two papers based on their work. 


Article on literature review to inform Global Learning Partnership

Jessica Lees and Gillian Webb from the University of Melbourne have published a paper on the review of the literature that informed the development of the U21 HS Global Learning Partnership. The first pilot of the GLP ran from 17 April to 14 May 2016 in partnership with the University of Kathmandu. The second GLP will take place from 18 March to 13 April 2018. More information will be shared with U21 HS members about this program shortly.

Jessica Lees & Gillian Webb (2017): A review of the literature to inform the development of a new model of global placement: the Global Learning Partnership, Physical Therapy Reviews, DOI: 10.1080/10833196.2017.1341144


Caroline Voisine stepping down as U21 HSG Executive Officer in September

After 7 years as Executive Officer for the U21 Health Sciences Group, Caroline Voisine will be leaving her position at the end of September 2017. She is moving on to become Project Coordinator at the Office of UBC Health, where she will coordinate the development of new initiatives involving the 15 health programs at UBC. During the months of July, August and September, Caroline will split her time between the 2 roles, but is committed to making sure the Annual Meeting in Johannesburg is a success. Caroline will be in Johannesburg for the Annual Meeting. The University of British Columbia has hosted the U21 HS Secretariat since December 2011 and has announced they are willing to transfer the Secretariat to a different institution. The U21 HS Executive Committee is currently receiving expressions of interest from institutions wiling to host the U21 HSG Secretariat for the next 5 years. Once an institution has been identified, a search for a new U21 HSG Executive Officer will begin.


Nominations are now open for the 2018 Gilbert Medal and U21 Awards

Nominations are now open for 2018’s Gilbert Medal and U21 Awards. Named after the late Professor Alan Gilbert, founder of Universitas 21 and major lifelong proponent of the benefits of internationalisation, the Gilbert Medal recognises inspirational figures who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the internationalisation of Higher Education outside of the U21 network. The U21 Awards aim to recognise an individual or team within a U21 member university, who have made an important contribution to the internationalisation of Higher Education. Nominations are now open and we would encourage you to take this opportunity to publically recognise individuals who are making a real difference to the landscape of international Higher Education. More information here.