Universitas 21

Universitas 21 (U21) is an international network of research-intensive universities.[1][2][3] Founded in Melbourne, Australia in 1997 with 11 members, it has grown to include twenty-seven member universities in nineteen different countries and territories.[4]

Universitas 21
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TypeEducation and research
HeadquartersBirmingham, United Kingdom
Region served
Bairbre Redmond
WebsiteU21 Universitas21

The universities collaborate on student mobility, student employability, researcher engagement and educational innovation. It offers various student competitions including the Three Minute Thesis (3MT), the U21/PwC Innovation Challenge and the RISE (Real Impact on Society and Environment) Showcase.[citation needed]

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
University of Melbourne   Australia [9]
University of New South Wales   Australia [9]
University of Queensland   Australia [9]
KU Leuven   Belgium [9]
McMaster University   Canada [9]
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile   Chile [9]
Shanghai Jiao Tong University   China [9]
Fudan University   China [9]
University of Hong Kong   Hong Kong [9]
University of Delhi   India [9]
University College Dublin   Ireland [9]
Waseda University   Japan [9]
Tecnológico de Monterrey   Mexico [9]
University of Amsterdam   Netherlands [9]
University of Auckland   New Zealand [9]
National University of Singapore   Singapore [9]
University of Johannesburg   South Africa [9]
Korea University   South Korea [9]
Lund University   Sweden [9]
University of Zurich    Switzerland [9]
University of Birmingham   United Kingdom [9]
University of Edinburgh   United Kingdom [9]
University of Glasgow   United Kingdom [9]
University of Nottingham   United Kingdom [9]
University of California, Davis   United States [9]
University of Connecticut   United States [9]
University of Maryland, College Park   United States [9]


U21Global logo

U21Global was a for-profit university formed in June 2001 in Singapore as a joint venture between Universitas 21 and Thomson Learning (which later became Cengage Learning).

In late 2007, Cengage Learning sold its entire 50% in U21Global share to Mauritius-based Manipal Universal Learning International for an undisclosed sum.[10] In 2010, the Universitas 21 shareholding was diluted to 25 per cent, with only 10 universities continuing to hold equity.[11] The university now trades as GlobalNxt University and has no remaining connection with Universitas 21.

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  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 2020| Universitas 21". universitas21.com. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  8. ^ "UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC and SOCIAL COUNCIL". www.un.org. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa "Member List". www.universitas21.com. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  10. ^ Staff Writer (14 November 2007). "Manipal group buys 50% in online varsity". livemint. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  11. ^ Trounson, Andrew (27 January 2010). "Manipal to Control U21Global". The Australian. Retrieved 18 September 2013.


  • 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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