UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer has been appointed Chair of Universitas 21, the leading global network of research-intensive universities.
Universitas 21 has 27 members from 17 countries. The universities collaborate to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research-inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalisation.
The chairmanship of the network rotates on an annual basis. Professor Hilmer said he was delighted to have been appointed Chair for 2013-2014.
“U21 has been highly successful in promoting research collaboration and a significant flow of students and faculty between members,” he said.
“My charter as chair for the next 12 months is to lead a small group of Presidents in reviewing the structure and governance of the network, to see if there are ways that it could operate even more effectively across all of its objectives.”
U21 was established in 1997. Collectively, its 27 members enrol more than 1.3 million students and employ 220,000-plus staff and faculty. Their combined budgets amount to around US$25bn and they have an annual research grant income of more than US$6.5bn.
Professor Hilmer replaces Dr Hugh Brady, President of the University College Dublin.
For more information visit the U21 website.