Universitas 21 - U21
Opportunities for collaboration and international experience
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Universitas 21 (U21) is a leading global network of research-intensive universities that encourages its members to share excellence and to collaborate across borders. The network consists of 27 member universities and Lund University is the only member university in Sweden. U21 provides a range of different opportunities for students, researchers as well as senior academic and professional staff.
U21 connects 1 million students and 200,000 staff and Lund University aims to leverage the strengths of this network to not only be inspired, but to also inspire others. Being a part of U21 has numerous benefits for Lund University, such as being able to participate in education and research initiatives, and to enhance students’ engagement, mobility, and employability through internationally focused opportunities.
For Lecturers and Researchers
As a lecturer and researcher, you can use the U21 network to generate contacts with colleagues at universities within U21 to collaborate on the realisation of ideas on projects or workshops, for example. Collaborations within U21 usually take the form of a project. The network has established Collaborative Groups composed of representatives from the member universities.
For Young Researchers
Early Career Researchers (ECR) workshops are an activity within the U21 network aimed at young researchers at the start of their careers. These workshops are organised annually at one of the U21 universities, usually in early October. The theme varies, but the idea is to allow researchers in many different fields to take part. The ECR workshops provide good opportunities for network building and career development. LU supports participation for two or three researchers through a travel grant suitable for the location of the workshop.
U21 Health Sciences Group
The Faculty of Medicine at LU is an active member in the U21 Health Sciences Group that organises various activities each year, such as the annual Student Conference on the SDGs; and the 2018 U21 Health Sciences Summer School (hosted by LU) on the topic of “Climate Change and Global Health”.
U21 International Fire Safety Consortium
LU is one of five members in the U21 International Fire Safety Consortium which focuses on research, education, and partnerships in the following areas: fire safety in the developing world; social inequality and fire safety; community resilience; and wildfires and wildland-urban interface.
Initiatives for collaboration with individual U21 partners
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile)
ACCESS – Academic Collaboration Chile Sweden is a platform between Uppsala University, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (U21 member) and Universidad de Chile aimed at increasing cooperation in higher education between Sweden and Chile.
University of Maryland (USA)
Among the projects carried out is the 2018 Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility funding for faculty and administrative staff visits. Furthermore, the research collaboration between START (National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism), and also, a research project within the Department of Economic History which looks at how countries can build resilience against economic shrinking.
University of Johannesburg (South Africa)
A Linnaeus-Palme project to promote student mobility from South Africa; digital education cooperation within radiology nursing education; and doctoral student mobility within water resources education.