This month, Switzerland’s University of Zurich as well as Japan’s Waseda University joined Universitas 21, a global network of 25 research-intensive universities on six continents. Founded in Melbourne in 1997, the network aims to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research-intensive teaching and learning, research collaboration, student mobility and promotion of internationalization.
For the University of Zurich, this is the second participation in an international network, after joining the League of European Research Universities (LERU) in 2006 and it is an important move in realizing the university’s internationalization strategy, according to president Michael Hengartner. Universitas 21 offers joint projects on all academic levels and different subject areas, including student summits, summer schools, research conferences, researcher groups or a steering committee for innovation in higher education teaching, among other exchange platforms and activities.
Universitas 21 is delighted about its two new members and the increased student mobility and exchange opportunities they bring to the network, as well as their contribution for the networks three key areas of projects and initiatives: Educational Innovation, Researcher Engagement and Students Experience.