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UCL Global: Diversifying our engagement

UCL has been working with diverse partners around the world to find new and innovative solutions to global challenges. Here are some recent highlights:
UCL leads new Mandarin teaching initiative
A new £10 million Mandarin Excellence Programme, led by UCL's Institute Of Education and Pro-Vice-Provost (East Asia) Katharine Carruthers, will support 5,000 young people on track towards fluency in Mandarin Chinese by 2020.
Addressing health inequalities in Thailand
UCL committed to strengthening its medical research and public health collaborations in Thailand as we welcomed Her Royal Highness Professor Dr Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol for a third visit.
UCL in the Middle East
Urban development, cultural heritage, healthcare and education were topics for discussion at this second regional-specific event organised by Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu, Pro-Vice-Provost (Africa & Middle East) and GEO.
Global Disability Innovation Hub launches
A pioneering Global Disability Innovation Hub is to be based at UCL East, bringing together academics, disability experts and designers to improve the lives of the world’s one billion disabled people.
Combating ophthalmic disease with Santen
UCL's Institute of Opthalmology is to work with Japan-based ophthalmic pharmaceutical company Santen to collaborate on new research and education opportunities.
Exploring social media as education in China
Researchers from global UCL Anthropology project Why We Post have launched their two latest titles exploring social media use in China during a visit to some of the countries' top universities.
Co-developing innovative cancer treatment
Cell Medica, a leader in developing, marketing and manufacturing cellular therapeutics for cancer and infections, is to use innovative UCL T cell receptor technology to generate new products for the treatment of cancer.
The It's All Academic campaign, launched in London this month, aims to raise £600m to help UCL continue its work with partners to address global challenges. It launches in the USA and China next month. Watch the campaign video.

Ask GEO: Rachel Corcoran

Rachel is GEO's Programme Manager. We asked her to share more details about her role and the recently launched Global Engagement Funds.

Q: What is your role in the Global Engagement Office?
 
A: UCL’s Global Engagement Strategy launched in May last year – it’s an ambitious strategy which sets out a number of objectives: from ramping up the university’s collaborations with institutions abroad, to increasing student mobility and raising UCL’s global profile, to name a few.

As with any strategy, it’s all well and good deciding what you want to achieve, but the more difficult part is in the delivery. In UCL’s case, the GEO has a team dedicated to partnership development, with much of the other activity actually delivered by lots of other departments across the university – a ‘hub and spoke’ model, with GEO as the ‘hub’.

As Programme Manager, my role is to be a central point of oversight – to plan, monitor and evaluate success, ensuring that progress against objectives across UCL is captured in one place, identifying areas of overlap between different initiatives and supporting delivery offices where needed.

One part of the strategy which I specifically work on is managing the funding to academics to develop their overseas collaborations – recently I was pleased to launch the second year of the Global Engagement Funds.

Read the full Q&A with Rachel here.

Regional Networks and new web pages

UCL academics and professional services staff can keep up to date with global activity by attending the Regional Networks for Europe, East Asia, North America, South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East, South Asia and Latin America. The new regional web pages have details of this term's meetings.
 

International Student Recruitment

100 visits to 58 countries
UCL's Student Recruitment Marketing team has a varied overseas visits schedule for the coming year. They will undertake 100 visits to 58 countries - including every continent except Antarctica.
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Country profile: Colombia
UCL is the second largest recruiter of Colombian students in the Russell Group. The Student Recruitment Marketing team will be visiting Bogotá and Medellín in November to meet students and key partners. 

Funding opportunities

Global Engagement Funds launch: apply online until 28 October
Led by UCL's network of Vice-Deans (International) and regional Pro-Vice-Provosts, the Global Engagement Funds support UCL academics to collaborate with colleagues based at international institutions. Awards of up to £2,000 are available to drive forward the Global Engagement Strategy.
Apply Now

EU Referendum advice

Guidance for EU staff and students
Students and staff from the EU are an intrinsic part of our community. Over the summer UCL has continued offering guidance related to the EU referendum results, including a forum for staff and students as well as immigration clinics.
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