Universitas 21

Universitas 21 is a leading global network of 27 research intensive universities. The alliance was established in 1997 through the initiative of former University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Gilbert.

Through the U21 alliance, the University of Melbourne's students, researchers and staff can access distinctive opportunities to closely collaborate with some of the world's leading universities.

The Strategic Priorities of the alliance are focused on:

  • Researcher Engagement supporting early career academic and facilitate the development of new international collaborations, benchmarks and co-operations.
  • Educational Innovation -  realising the benefits of innovative approaches to teaching and learning, curriculum design and staff development
  • Student Experience – delivering internationally-focused innovations and opportunities which enhance student engagement, mobility and employability.

Many projects and initiatives are designed and delivered by these three programmatic work areas, overseen by steering groups that comprise individual academic and professional staff from across the member universities.

The U21 Impact Report showcases the activities of the network in 2020 in an online, video-rich publication.

In July 2021 U21 held its first cross-cluster Mental Health Symposium, chaired by Professor Barbara Dooley, University College Dublin, whose research focuses on mental health and young people. The expert panel included speakers from HKU, UC Chile, UCD and the lead author on the UK Mental Health Charter. Watch the symposium here

Current U21 opportunities open to University Staff can be found on the International Network Opportunities page.