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About Universitas 21

Universitas 21 is an international network of 27 leading research-intensive universities in seventeen countries. Collectively, its members enroll over 650,000 students, employ over 130,000 staff and have over 2 million alumni. Their collective budgets amount to over US$13bn and there is an annual research grant income of over US$3bn. The network's purpose is to facilitate collaboration and cooperation between the member universities and to create opportunities for them on a scale that none of them would be able to achieve operating independently or through traditional bilateral alliances.

Established in 1997, Universitas 21 engages in a number of activities, informed by our core underlying principles:

  • a global focus and perspective
  • a commitment to excellence in all we do
  • a commitment of those involved to collaborative and co-operative work and spirit while ensuring there are clear outcomes
  • a determination to achieve added value
  • a constant striving for innovation and the creation of multilateral opportunities for members
  • sustainability of activity

All Universitas 21 member institutions are research-led, comprehensive universities providing a strong quality assurance framework to the network's activities.
Click on the website for the more details, (www.universitas21.com)

U21 Joint PhD Programme

Universitas 21 (www.universitas21.com), the leading global network of universities, has established a unique framework for jointly awarded PhDs. Under this scheme two partner universities will create a tailor-made programme of study for each student, taking individual research needs into account and enabling collaboration with another leading university. This exciting programme will enhance considerably students' research and employment opportunities on an international scale.portunities for them on a scale that none of them would be able to achieve operating independently or through traditional bilateral alliances.

For students of these jointly awarded PhDs, this means:

  • an academic research programme enhanced by the collaboration of two different high-quality research environments and cultures
  • training and facilities of two research-intensive universities
  • the added value of international networking
  • a head start in future career planning and professional development
The 14 international institutions currently involved in the programme are
University of Auckland - University of Birmingham - University of British Columbia - University of Delhi - University College Dublin - University of Edinburgh - University of Glasgow - University of Hong Kong - Korea University - McGill University - University of Melbourne - University of Nottingham - University of Queensland - University of Queensland

Log on to (http://www.universitas21.com/article/research/details/109/joint-phds) for more information.

If you are a student or potential supervisor (advisor) at one of the participating universities please contact the relevant person at your home university or go to your university's joint PhD webpage listed below. Details of joint research programmes, scholarships and application procedures/deadlines will appear on institutional websites.

If you are not a student at any of the participating universities and you wish to discuss the programme informally please contact Dr Dorothy Watson at the University of Edinburgh on (dorothy.watson@ed.ac.uk)

  • University of Auckland

    Professor Gregor Coster Dean, School of Graduate Studies

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  • University of Birmingham

    Dr Brian V Ford-Lloyd Director, Graduate School
    Tel: +44 121 414 5565

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  • University of British Columbia

    Dr Barbara Evans
    Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies

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  • University of Delhi

    Professor BP Sahu
    Head of International Relations

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  • University College Dublin

    Professor Michael Ryan Dean of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Training

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  • University of Edinburgh

    Dr Dorothy Watson International Office
    Tel: +44 131 242 6641

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  • University of Glasgow

    Postgraduate Research Strategy Administrator, Research & Enterprise
    Tel: +44 141 330 3334

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  • University of Hong Kong

    Graduate School

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  • Korea University

    Professor Sung-Jin Kang Vice President, International Affairs
    Tel: +82 2 3290 1013

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  • McGill University

    Dr Martin Kreiswirth Associate Provost (Graduate Education) and Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
    Tel: +1 514 398 1224

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  • University of Melbourne

    Dr George Duke General Manager, Melbourne School of Graduate Research
    Tel: +61 3 8344 9552

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  • University of Nottingham

    Helen Foster International Office

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    Tessa Payne Graduate School

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  • University of Queensland

    Professor Zlatko Skrbis Dean, Graduate School
    Tel: +61 7 3365 3477

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  • University of Virginia

    Roseanne M Ford Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies

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"This marks a key development in the way in which U21 universities are approaching study and research. Not only does this distinguish us from the other programmes already in existence, by being focused clearly on the needs of the individual students, but it sets a new benchmark for international collaboration at PhD level and is a trend which I believe is one which should be followed by other major networks and consortia."

Professor John Casteen, Chair of the Universitas 21 Network, May 2009