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.

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

It was founded in Melbourne, Australia in 1997, with 11 members, and has grown to include twenty-seven member universities in eighteen 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 RISE (Real Impact on Society and Environment) Showcase.

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 has Consultative Status with the Economic & Social Affairs Council (ECOSOC).[8]


Institution Country Notes
Fudan University China[9]
Korea University South Korea[9]
KU Leuven Belgium[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[9]
University of Birmingham United Kingdom[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[9]
University of New South Wales Australia[9]
University of Nottingham United Kingdom[9]
University of Queensland Australia[9]
University of Zurich  Switzerland[9]
Waseda University Japan[9]

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. "UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC and SOCIAL COUNCIL". www.un.org. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  9. "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.
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