U21 admits two new members

22 April 2010
University of Amsterdam and University of Connecticut join Universitas 21, strengthening U21's membership in North America and Europe and broadening research and exchange opportunities.

Universitas 21 (U21), the network for international higher education, is delighted to announce that the Universities of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Connecticut (USA) will be joining the network on 30th April.

Universitas 21, which will now have an even greater geographic spread over 14 countries, will benefit greatly from the inclusion of these two important universities, and the opportunities that these partnerships will create both for the Universities of Amsterdam and Connecticut and for the other members of the network are eagerly anticipated.

The University of Connecticut (UConn) - founded in 1881 as a Land Grant university - already enjoys good links with existing U21 members. Professor John T Casteen III, President of the University of Virginia and Chair of the U21 network commented “The U21 network has recently been looking to extend its membership in North America and - with expertise in strategically important areas such as food security, water and sustainability - UConn was an obvious choice. They will strengthen the North American membership of U21.”

The University of Amsterdam (UVa), evolved from the Athenaeum Illustre (founded 1632) and now, with more than 30,000 students, just under 5,000 staff and a budget of almost 500 million Euros, it ranks among the largest comprehensive universities in Europe. Professor Casteeen: “As a member of the League of European Research Universities, UvA is a good strategic fit with the network, and we are pleased to welcome them as our 7th European member.”

The two universities will formally join and be welcomed into the network takes place on Friday 30 April 2010 during the U21 Annual General Meeting hosted by the network’s previously newest member, the University of Delhi.