|Type||Education and research|
|Headquarters||Birmingham, United Kingdom|
Universitas 21 is an international network of universities, established as an "international reference point and resource for strategic thinking on issues of global significance." Together, there are 500,000 students and 40,000 academics and researchers associated with these universities, which have over 2 million alumni.
Founded in 1997, Universitas 21 currently has 24 member universities in 16 different countries and territories. In November 2007, Delhi University joined Universitas 21, making Delhi University the first and only member from South Asia.
The universities collaborate on many levels, undergraduate and postgraduate research, and several hundred students a year participate in the student exchange programmes, the U21 Student Mobility Progamme.
In 2001, Universitas 21, in a collaborative effort with Thomson Learning, formed an online university called Universitas 21 Global (U21Global), with its headquarters in Singapore. The program is administered and quality-assured by U21pedagogica Ltd., which is chartered in Guernsey and headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia (US), near the University of Virginia. Thomson Learning became Cengage Learning, then sold its entire 50% in U21Global share to Mauritius based Manipal Universal Learning International for an undisclosed sum in 2007.
Since the year 2012 Universitas 21 also commissions the U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems. The ranking, produced by researchers at the University of Melbourne, 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. 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. According to its lead authors, the ranking is transparent and all data are publicly available. Aggregate score are available at http://www.universitas21.com/ranking/
Universitas 21 member institutions
- National University of Singapore (Singapore) 
- Korea University (Seoul, South Korea) 
- University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong) 
- Fudan University (People's Republic of China)
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University (People's Republic of China) 
- Waseda University (Japan)
- Lund University (Sweden)
- University College Dublin (Republic of Ireland)
- University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
- University of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
- University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
- University of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
- University of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
- McGill University (Canada)
- Ohio State University (United States)
- Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)
- University of British Columbia (Canada)
- University of Connecticut (United States)
- University of Virginia (United States)
- University of Maryland (United States)
- University of Auckland (New Zealand)
- University of Queensland (Australia)
- University of Melbourne (Australia)
- University of New South Wales (Australia)
- Williams et al. (2013, p.600)
- Williams and de Rassenfosse (2014)
- Universities 21 - Members
- Williams, Ross; de Rassenfosse, Gaetan (2014). "Pitfalls in aggregating performance measures in higher education". Studies in Higher Education. forthcoming. doi:10.1080/03075079.2014.914912.
- 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.