Universitas 21

Universitas 21 (U21) is a network of research-intensive universities [1][2][3] that empowers its members to share excellence, collaborate across borders and nurture global knowledge exchange. Committed to promoting the value of internationalisation and multinational collaboration, U21 facilitates the delivery of programmes, activities and initiatives, which could not be delivered through a single university or via bi-lateral agreements.

It was founded in Melbourne, Australia in 1997, with 11 members, and has grown to include twenty-seven member universities in seventeen different countries and territories.[4]

The universities collaborate on student mobility, student employability, researcher engagement and educational innovation. It offers student competitions including the Three Minute Thesis® (3MT), the U21/PwC Innovation Challenge and the Global Ingenuity Challenge.

Since 2012, Universitas 21 has commissioned the "U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems". Produced by researchers at the University of Melbourne, this ranking aims to show which countries create a "strong environment" that allows universities to contribute to growth, provide a high-quality student experience and help institutions compete globally.[5] It evaluates the standing of national higher education systems by providing rankings in four broad areas: resources, environment, connectivity and output. The rankings are then combined to provide an overall ranking.[6] The ranking is then adjusted by GDP per capita, which allows countries to be compared to others at a similar stage of economic development.[7]

Universitas 21 is a United Nations Academic Impact Partner.[8]

Universitas 21
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TypeEducation and research
HeadquartersBirmingham, United Kingdom
Region served
Bairbre Redmond


Institution Country Notes
Fudan University  China [9]
Korea University  South Korea [9]
Lund University  Sweden [9]
McMaster University  Canada [9]
National University of Singapore  Singapore [9]
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile  Chile [9]
Shanghai Jiao Tong University  China [9]
Tecnológico de Monterrey  Mexico [9]
University College Dublin  Ireland [9]
University of Amsterdam  Netherlands [9]
University of Auckland  New Zealand
University of Birmingham  United Kingdom [9]
University of British Columbia  Canada [9]
University of California, Davis  United States [9]
University of Connecticut  United States [9]
University of Delhi  India [9]
University of Edinburgh  United Kingdom [9]
University of Glasgow  United Kingdom [9]
University of Hong Kong  Hong Kong [9]
University of Johannesburg  South Africa [9]
University of Maryland  United States [9]
University of Melbourne  Australia
University of New South Wales  Australia
University of Nottingham  United Kingdom )[9]
University of Queensland  Australia
University of Zurich   Switzerland [9]
Waseda University  Japan

See also


  1. ^ "About Universitas 21". www.universitas21.com. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Universitas 21 | Global Maryland, University of Maryland". globalmaryland.umd.edu. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Universitas 21 | UNSW Current Students". student.unsw.edu.au. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Universitas 21 : Melbourne Global Mobility : The University of Melbourne". www.mobility.unimelb.edu.au. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  5. ^ http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/419906.article
  6. ^ Williams et al. (2013), p.600.
  7. ^ "U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems | Universitas 21". universitas21.com. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  8. ^ ramsthaler@un.org (2 April 2014). "Partners". academicimpact.un.org. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Member List". www.universitas21.com. Retrieved 8 May 2018.


  • Williams, Ross; de Rassenfosse, Gaetan; Jensen, Paul; Marginson, Simon (2013). "The determinants of quality national higher education systems". Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. 35 (6): 599–611. doi:10.1080/1360080X.2013.854288.
Fudan University

Fudan University (simplified Chinese: 复旦大学; traditional Chinese: 復旦大學; pinyin: Fùdàn Dàxué), located in Shanghai, is one of the most prestigious and selective universities in China. It is a C9 League university and a Chinese Ministry of Education Class A Double First Class University.

Its institutional predecessor was founded in 1905, shortly before the end of China's imperial Qing dynasty. Fudan is now composed of four campuses in Shanghai – Handan (邯郸), Fenglin (枫林), Zhangjiang (张江), and Jiangwan (江湾) – which share the same central administration.

GlobalNxt University

GlobalNxt University (formerly Universitas 21 Global or U21Global) is an accredited university with academic headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The university specialises primarily in management studies, and is a pioneer in the use of digital and educational technologies. Faculty of the university are located across the globe, as are the students. The university has strong partnerships with industry, developing an array of customised management development programmes for corporations. As of January 2013, U21Global had over 9,000 students from 72 countries.

International rankings of Malaysia

The following are international rankings of Malaysia.

John Niland

John Rodney Niland AC (born 10 September 1940) is an Australian academic and board director. Niland obtained a Bachelor and Master of Commerce from UNSW and his PhD is from the University of Illinois. He has held academic positions at Cornell University, The Australian National University, and UNSW. He served as a mediator of labour disputes in the US while at Cornell, and in Australia has undertaken extensive academic and policy work in conflict resolution, theory and practice, particularly enterprise bargaining.

John Niland is a Professor Emeritus of UNSW and was its fourth Vice Chancellor and President (1992-2002). Before that he was the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Economics. While UNSW Vice-Chancellor, he was a founding director of both Universitas 21 and Australia’s Group of Eight Universities. He also served a term as President of the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee, and was a member of the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council.

The University of New South Wales’s most recognised and architecturally renowned building, the Scientia, was officially renamed The John Niland Scientia Building for his long and distinguished history at the University [1]. He is said to have led the University through a golden age which included significant internationalisation and campus revitalisation [2]. In 2007 he received the President’s Prize of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects for the UNSW campus redevelopment.

Until recently, he chaired the International Academic Review Panel of Singapore Management University, having been closely involved with SMU since its founding in 2000. In August 2018, SMU awarded Niland an honorary Doctor of Letters for services to the university. He continues to be consulted for strategic advice by university leaders in Asia and Australia

John Niland has held a range of other academic, community and corporate positions, including:

Independent Director, Macquarie Bank Limited and Macquarie Group Limited

President, National Trust of Australia (NSW)

Chairman, realestate.com.au Limited

Chairman, Campus Living Funds Management Limited (CLV)

Chairman, Centennial Park & Moore Park Trust

Member, University Grants Committee of Hong Kong

Member, Australian Universities Council

Chairman, Research Australia

Deputy Chairman, Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University

Chief Executive, State Pollution Control Commission

Chairman, Environment Protection Authority (NSW)

Member, Board of St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney; Deputy Chairman, the Garvin Institute of Medical Research

Member, Board of Sydney Symphony Foundation

Member, Sydney Olympic bid’s Building Commission

President, Federation of Australian University Staff Associations (FAUSA)Niland became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to industrial relations research and reform in 1992 and in 2001 became a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), Australia's highest civilian honour, for services to education [3].

Lund University

Lund University (Swedish: Lunds universitet) is a prestigious public university in Sweden, consistently ranked among the world's top 100 universities. The university, located in the city of Lund in the province of Scania, Sweden, arguably traces its roots back to 1425, when a Franciscan studium generale was founded in Lund next to the Lund Cathedral. After Sweden won Scania from Denmark in the 1658 Treaty of Roskilde, the university was founded in 1666 on the location of the old studium generale next to Lund Cathedral.

Lund University has eight faculties, with additional campuses in the cities of Malmö and Helsingborg, with 40,000 students in 270 different programmes and 1 300 freestanding courses. The University has some 600 partner universities in nearly 70 countries and it belongs to the League of European Research Universities as well as the global Universitas 21 network.Two major facilities for materials research are in Lund University: MAX IV, a synchrotron radiation laboratory – inaugurated in June 2016, and European Spallation Source (ESS), a new European facility that will provide up to 100 times brighter neutron beams than existing facilities today, to be opened in 2023.The university centers on the Lundagård park adjacent to the Lund Cathedral, with various departments spread in different locations in town, but mostly concentrated in a belt stretching north from the park connecting to the university hospital area and continuing out to the northeastern periphery of the town, where one finds the large campus of the Faculty of Engineering.

Patrick G. O'Shea

Patrick G. O’Shea is an Irish-American scientist and academic. On June 14, 2016, he was appointed the fifteenth President of University College Cork, effective February 1, 2017. He previously served as Vice President and Chief Research Officer at the University of Maryland. At Maryland, he was a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and an affiliate professor in the Department of Physics, and previously served as Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director of the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics.

His area of expertise is in electromagnetics, electron-accelerators and free-electron lasers. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher.He was born in Cork, Ireland and attended secondary school at Coláiste Chríost Rí. He holds a B.Sc. degree from University College Cork, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland, all in physics.

O'Shea's board memberships include the Universitas 21 Research Leaders Steering Group, the National Institute of Aerospace, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board, the Maryland Cybersecurity Council, and the Maryland Innovation Initiative.

The Cavalier Song

"The Cavalier Song" is the University of Virginia's fight song. The song was a result of a contest held in 1923 by College Topics, the University's student newspaper. "The Cavalier Song," with lyrics by Lawrence Haywood Lee, Jr., and music by Virginia Glee Club member Fulton Lewis, Jr., was chosen as best fight song while John A. Morrow's "Virginia, Hail, All Hail" was chosen as the best alma mater song.Generally the second half of the song is played during sporting events while the entire song used to be part of the Cavalier Marching Band's entrance during home football games. The song has been recorded by both the Cavalier Marching Band and the Virginia Glee Club.


U21 or U-21 may refer to:

Beechcraft U-21 Ute, an aircraft used by the United States military

German submarine U-21, one of several German submarines

Universitas 21, an international network of research-intensive universities

One of several Under-21 association football teams


Universitas is a Latin word meaning "the whole, total, the universe, the world"; it is where the word university is derived from.

Universitas may also refer to:

Universitas 21, an international network of research-intensive universities

Universitas 21 Global or U21Global, an online graduate school backed by Universitas 21

Universitas (newspaper), a weekly student newspaper at the University of Oslo

Universitas, Bloemfontein, a suburb of Bloemfontein, South Africa

905 Universitas, an asteroid

A student body, first used to describe the University of Bologna in the 11th century

University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam (abbreviated as UvA, Dutch: Universiteit van Amsterdam) is a public university located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The UvA is one of two large, publicly funded research universities in the city, the other being the VU University Amsterdam (VU). Established in 1632 by municipal authorities and later renamed for the city of Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam is the third-oldest university in the Netherlands. It is one of the largest research universities in Europe with 31,186 students, 4,794 staff, 1,340 PhD students and an annual budget of €600 million. It is the largest university in the Netherlands by enrollment. The main campus is located in central Amsterdam, with a few faculties located in adjacent boroughs. The university is organised into seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Science, Law, Medicine, and Dentistry.

The University of Amsterdam has produced six Nobel Laureates and five prime ministers of the Netherlands. In 2014, it was ranked 50th in the world, 15th in Europe, and 1st in the Netherlands by the QS World University Rankings. The university placed in the top 50 worldwide in seven fields in the 2011 QS World University Rankings in the fields of linguistics, sociology, philosophy, geography, science, Economics and econometrics, and accountancy and finance.

In 2018 and 2019 the two departments of Media and Communication were commonly ranked 1st in the world by subject by QS Ranking.

Close ties are harbored with other institutions internationally through its membership in the League of European Research Universities (LERU), the Institutional Network of the Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA), European University Association (EUA), the International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP), and Universitas 21.

University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is a public land grant, National Sea Grant and National Space Grant research university in Storrs, Connecticut, United States. It was founded in 1881.

The primary 4,400-acre (17.8 km2) campus is in Storrs, Connecticut, approximately a half hour's drive from Hartford and 90 minutes from Boston. It is a flagship university that is ranked as the best public national university in New England and is tied for No. 18 in Top Public Schools and No. 56 in National Universities in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings. UConn has been ranked by Money Magazine and Princeton Review top 18th in value. The university is designated "R-1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity" with the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classifying the student body as "More Selective", its most selective admissions category. The university has been recognized as a Public Ivy, defined as a select group of publicly funded universities considered to provide a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League.UConn is one of the founding institutions of the Hartford, Connecticut/Springfield, Massachusetts regional economic and cultural partnership alliance known as New England's Knowledge Corridor. UConn was the second U.S. university invited into Universitas 21, an elite international network of 24 research-intensive universities, who work together to foster global citizenship. UConn is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. UConn was founded in 1881 as the Storrs Agricultural School, named after two brothers who donated the land for the school. In 1893, the school became a land grant college. In 1939, the name was changed to the University of Connecticut. Over the next decade, social work, nursing and graduate programs were established, while the schools of law and pharmacy were also absorbed into the university. During the 1960s, UConn Health was established for new medical and dental schools. John Dempsey Hospital opened in Farmington in 1975.

Competing in the American Athletic Conference as the Huskies, UConn has been particularly successful in their men's and women's basketball programs. The Huskies have won 21 NCAA championships. The UConn Huskies are the most successful women's basketball program in the nation, having won a record 11 NCAA Division I National Championships (tied with the UCLA Bruins men's basketball team) and a women's record four in a row (2013–2016), plus over 40 conference regular season and tournament championships. UConn also owns the two longest winning streaks of any gender in college basketball history.

University of Delhi

The University of Delhi, informally known as Delhi University (DU), is a collegiate public central university, located in New Delhi, India. It was founded in 1922 by an Act of the Central Legislative Assembly. As a collegiate university, its main functions are divided between the academic departments of the university and affiliated colleges. Consisting of three colleges, two faculties, and 750 students at its founding, the University of Delhi has since become India's largest institution of higher learning and among the largest in the world. The university currently consists of 16 faculties and 86 departments distributed across its North and South campuses. It has 77 affiliated colleges and 5 other institutes with an enrollment of over 132,000 regular students and 261,000 non-formal students. The Vice-President of India serves as the University's chancellor.

DU is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Association of Indian Universities, and Universitas 21, a global network of research-intensive universities.

DU has graduated many notable alumni, including seven heads of state or government and two Nobel laureates.

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow (abbreviated as Glas. in post-nominals) is a public research university in Glasgow, Scotland. Founded by papal bull in 1451, it is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's four ancient universities. Along with the universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and St. Andrews, the university was part of the Scottish Enlightenment during the 18th century.

In common with universities of the pre-modern era, Glasgow originally educated students primarily from wealthy backgrounds, however, it became a pioneer in British higher education in the 19th century by also providing for the needs of students from the growing urban and commercial middle class. Glasgow University served all of these students by preparing them for professions: the law, medicine, civil service, teaching, and the church. It also trained smaller but growing numbers for careers in science and engineering. The annual income of the institution for 2017–18 was £626.5 million of which £180.8 million was from research grants and contracts, with an expenditure of £610.1 million. It is currently a member of Universitas 21, the Russell Group and the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities.

The university was originally located in the city's High Street; since 1870, its main campus has been at Gilmorehill in the West End of the city. Additionally, a number of university buildings are located elsewhere, such as the Veterinary School in Bearsden, and the Crichton Campus in Dumfries.Alumni or former staff of the university include James Wilson (a founding father of the United States), philosopher Francis Hutcheson, engineer James Watt, philosopher and economist Adam Smith, physicist Lord Kelvin, surgeon Joseph Lister, seven Nobel laureates, and three British Prime Ministers.

University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is a public research university located in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1853, it is Australia's second oldest university and the oldest in Victoria. Melbourne's main campus is located in Parkville, an inner suburb north of the Melbourne central business district, with several other campuses located across Victoria.

Melbourne is a sandstone university and a member of the Group of Eight, Universitas 21 and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. Since 1872 various residential colleges have become affiliated with the university. There are 10 colleges located on the main campus and in nearby suburbs offering academic, sporting and cultural programs alongside accommodation for Melbourne students and faculty.

Melbourne comprises 10 separate academic units and is associated with numerous institutes and research centres, including the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and the Grattan Institute. Amongst Melbourne's 15 graduate schools the Melbourne Business School, the Melbourne Law School and the Melbourne Medical School are particularly well regarded.Times Higher Education ranked Melbourne 32nd globally in 2017-2018, while the Academic Ranking of World Universities places Melbourne 38th in the world (both first in Australia), and in the QS World University Rankings 2019 Melbourne ranks 39th globally and ranked sixth in the world according to the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne. Ten Nobel laureates have been students or faculty, the most of any Australian university.The university's coat of arms is a blue shield on which a depiction of "Victory" in white colour holds her laurel wreath over the stars of the Southern Cross. The motto, Postera crescam laude ("Later I shall grow by praise" or, more freely, "We shall grow in the esteem of future generations"), is written on a scroll beneath the shield. The Latin is from a line in Horace's Odes: ego postera crescam laude recens.

University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales (UNSW; branded as UNSW Sydney) is an Australian public research university located in the Sydney suburb of Kensington. UNSW is a top-tier university in Australia as a member of the Australian ‘Group of Eight’. Out of all Australian universities, UNSW has the highest median ATAR and attracts the highest number of top 500 students. Established in 1949, it is ranked 4th in Australia, 45th in the world, and 2nd in New South Wales according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings.The university comprises nine faculties, through which it offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. The main campus is located on a 38-hectare (94-acre) site in the Sydney suburb of Kensington, 7 km (about 4.3 miles) from the Sydney central business district. The creative arts faculty, UNSW Art & Design, is located in Paddington, UNSW Canberra is located at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra and sub-campuses are located in the Sydney CBD, the suburbs of Randwick and Coogee. Research stations are located throughout the state of New South Wales.UNSW is one of the founding members of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australian research-intensive universities, and of Universitas 21, a global network of research universities. It has international exchange and research partnerships with over 200 universities around the world.

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is a public research university in Nottingham, United Kingdom. It was founded as University College Nottingham in 1881, and was granted a royal charter in 1948.

Nottingham's main campus (University Park) with Jubilee Campus and teaching hospital (Queen's Medical Centre) are located within the City of Nottingham, with a number of smaller campuses and sites elsewhere in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Outside the UK, the university has campuses in Semenyih, Malaysia and Ningbo, China. Nottingham is organised into five constituent faculties, within which there are more than 50 schools, departments, institutes and research centres. Nottingham has about 45,500 students and 7,000 staff, and had an income of £656.5 million in 2017/18, of which £120.1 million was from research grants and contracts.Nottingham was ranked #11 overall in the UK by the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings. The QS Graduate Employability Rankings measure how successful students are at securing a top job after graduation from university. In addition, the 2017 High Fliers survey stated Nottingham was the seventh most targeted university by the UK's top employers between 2016-17. In 2010, Nottingham was ranked 13th in the world in terms of the number of alumni listed among CEOs of the Fortune Global 500, together with the Tohoku (Japan) and the Stanford University (U.S.) It is also ranked 2nd (joint with Oxford) in the 2012 Summer Olympics table of British medal winners. In the 2011 and 2014 GreenMetric World University Rankings, University Park was ranked as the world's most sustainable campus. The institution's alumni have been awarded a variety of prestigious accolades, including 3 Nobel Prizes, a Fields Medal, a Turner Prize, and a Gabor Medal and Prize.

The university is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European University Association, the Russell Group, Universitas 21, Universities UK, the Virgo Consortium, and participates in the Sutton Trust Summer School programme as a member of the Sutton 30.

University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

The University of Nottingham Malaysia is a franchised branch campus of the University of Nottingham majority owned by Boustead Holdings Sdn Bhd. The university is situated in Semenyih, Hulu Langat District, Selangor, Malaysia. The university has been ranked as "excellent" or tier 5 in a scale of tier 1-6 and is classified as a private institution, by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education.

The campus is run as a company The University of Nottingham Malaysia Sdn Bhd (473520-K) with the provost being dual hatted as the CEO. The majority shareholder is Boustead Holdings. The Malaysia campus was the first campus of a British university in Malaysia and one of the first to open outside Britain thus earning the distinction of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2001 and the Queen's Award for Industry (International Trade) 2006. The University of Nottingham's other overseas campus is in Ningbo, China.

University of Virginia School of Nursing

The University of Virginia School of Nursing, established in 1901, is a school of nursing education. For more than one hundred years, it has been at the forefront of nursing education, service, and research. It has an enrollment of approximately 800 students (roughly half undergraduate and half graduate students), and is consistently rated in the top 4% of U.S. nursing schools. Since 2008, Dean Dorrie K. Fontaine has served as the fifth dean of the school.

Virginia Cavaliers women's basketball

The Virginia Cavaliers women's basketball team represents the University of Virginia in women's basketball. The school competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Cavaliers play home basketball games at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia. They are now led by WNBA legend Tina Thompson.

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