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:
All Universitas 21 member institutions are research-led, comprehensive universities providing a strong quality assurance framework to the network's activities.
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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:
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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 (email@example.com)
"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