Student Involvement

Global Learning Partnership


What is the U21 HS Global Learning Partnership?

The U21 Health Sciences Global Learning Partnership project presents the opportunity to develop a cooperative relationship and opportunity for students and academics from the Universitas 21 Health Sciences Group to interact with students and academics from other universities, including an invited university in a country with UN Millennium Development Goal needs. The partnership will be founded on the building of a relationship between U21 HSG member universities and an invited partner. In this first pilot instance, the university that we are partnering with is Kathmandu University in Nepal.

The Model

The GLP model espouses an equal share international partnership between academic institutions. This model and the resulting partnership will create opportunity for U21 HS students and academics to interact with students and academics from other universities, including an invited university in a country with MDG needs. It is felt that face-to-face interaction through global health placements will be an effective means to facilitate and catalyse the development of this ongoing relationship.

It is recognised that the concept of student global placements is not new, particularly with medical and healthcare professionals, and the strengths of these are acknowledged. However the GLP model suggests an extension of the current scope of such placements. One of the key features of the GLP model is to develop ongoing interaction rather than students having an isolated global health experience.


There is currently evidence to support the following principles underpinning the design of this model:
- Global health experiences result in attitudinal change and increased cultural understanding;

- Interprofessional education results in effective healthcare clinicians;

- International partnerships result in capacity building, mutually beneficial educational gain and resource sharing


The vision of the U21 UNMDG initiative is to facilitate the training of health sciences students by developing strategies to be used by academic institutes to increase MDG awareness and skills. The U21 UNMDG student committee proposed the development of a collaborative student project for U21 HS member universities to work with an invited partner university. This approach is seen as enhancing the achievement of the U21 UNMDG initiative's mission to increase awareness and work towards the improvement of the UNMDGs.

This project development process began in 2011, when the U21 UNMDG Student Committee proposed that developing a shared UNMDG project would strengthen the Committee activity, in alignment with the governing U21 UNMDG Working Group mandate to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals through education and partnership. The central concept of the project was to focus on capacity building through education, rather than service provision.

U21 HS Global Learning Partnership 2016



  • Where: Kathmandu University, Nepal
  • DateSunday April 17-Saturday May 14, 2016 (inclusive)
  • What: 4 week global health experience
  • Cost: $800 USD per student* (including accommodation, ground transport between Kathmandu and the community/hospital learning sites, learning materials, and some meals). Student participants are responsible for all other costs including airfares to and from Kathmandu, visas, insurance and any other associated costs.

    *program fee based on min of 5 student participants


The Program

  • Week 1: University-based learning:
    - Leadership in health care
    - Development of group learning objectives; and
    - Group planning community needs assessment and strategy development
    - Interprofessional case-base learning group activities–U21 UNMDG case studies
  • Week 2-4: Team based field/clinical work
    - Outreach clinical visit to rural location team-Interprofessional group of international partners on site;
    - Link in with existing outreach clinics currently conducted by Kathmandu University; and
    - Potential to conduct a needs assessment and team based community action plan.


  • Dentistry, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Public Health and Rehabilitation Sciences students studying in a U21 Health Sciences Group member university (University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, University of British Columbia, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Fudan University, University of Hong Kong, University College Dublin, Tecnologico de Monterrey, University of Auckland, Korea University, Lund University, University of Birmingham, University of Glasgow, University of Nottingham, University of Connecticut, University of Johannesburg)

  • Students who have completed at least 2 years of study


Application Process

  • Complete the application form and submit to Ms. Jessica Lees, Project Officer:
  • Application Deadline: January 29, 2016
  • Selected Students will be informed by: February 12, 2016