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Improving global health in partnership

UCL India Voices and Difficult Dialogues
Ahead of the Difficult Dialogues conference in Goa which poses the question "Is India's Health a Grand Challenge?", UCL India Voices hosted its first ever academic 'speed dating' event. UCL Global Health graduate and final year medical student Sujitha Selvarajah posts about opportunities for collaboration.
Difficult Dialogues is just one of the ways UCL academics are collaborating to improve the health of many around the world:
Knowledge Africa 2017: Africa Unheard
Among topics to be discussed at this half-day event on 15 February showcasing UCL research that is informed by the continent is optimizing the vaccine schedule in Africa to protect the largest number of infants.
UCL success in Global Challenge Research Funds
UCL academics have secured funding from both the global health and building resilience streams of the GCRF programme to support their collaborative work with partners in low and middle income countries.
€15m EU grant awarded to innovative UCL health partnership in Portugal
An interdisciplinary UCL collaboration has secured a €15m EU Horizon 2020 Teaming grant to set up a new centre in regenerative and precision medicine based at the University of Minho in Portugal.
UCL vaccine partnership secures £14m Gates Foundation funding
UCL's Department of Biochemical Engineering has received £14m funding from the Gates Foundation to develop innovative vaccines, partnering with Indian vaccine manufacturer BiologicalE, the University of Kansas and MIT.
Tackling rare diseases in Brazil
28 February is Rare Disease Day, focusing on the theme of research. One UCL international collaboration working to combat rare diseases is going from strength to strength thanks to support from the UCL Research Catalyst Awards.

UCL and Brexit

Education Select Committee, University College London
UCL hosts UK Government Education Select Committee
President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur gave evidence on the value of UCL's European collaborations, which include Erasmus+. Find out how UCL students have benefitted from Erasmus+ in this 2015-16 review.

Ask GEO: Ciaran Moynihan

Ciaran is GEO's Senior Partnerships Manager for North and Latin America. He tells us more about his work and current activity in the regions.

Q: What is your role in the Global Engagement Office?
A: I work closely with UCL Faculties and Departments, as well as other Professional Services, to manage and develop partnerships with institutions in North and Latin America. As you can imagine, UCL has a very wide range of activity in both regions, ranging from research collaborations to student exchanges to dual degrees (and beyond). Some interesting partnerships I work on would be the Yale UCL Collaborative; an emerging priority partnership with Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile; and a really interesting emerging partnership with University of Toronto (to name but a few!).

Read the full Q&A with Ciaran.
Find more news and opportunities on UCL's Regional Network pages

International student recruitment

Thailand grunge flag by Nicholas Raymond:
HESA data: Getting the picture
The latest HESA data gives an up-to-date snapshot of international student recruitment for the UK. UCL became the leading recruiter of international students two years ago and the 2015/16 data confirms it has consolidated its position at the top.
South Korea grunge flag by Nicholas Raymond:
Country profile: South Korea
South Korea has one of the most highly-educated populations in the world, with 66% of 25-34 year-olds having completed tertiary education studies. The UK has seen an increase in students from the area over the last decade

Funding opportunities

Please note that some funding calls are subject to an institutional cap and, if so, applications for these calls must be referred to the relevant Research Facilitation / Coordination office for your School, who lead UCL’s internal selection processes. You should also seek approval from your department and Research Services in line with the usual approval process.
UCL Research Catalyst Awards
UCL Research Catalyst Awards
Up to £2,500 per visit participant is available to UCL academics to develop research collaborations with universities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, through this funding stream supported by Santander Universities.
Apply by 13 February 2017.
UCL Research Catalyst Awards
HKU-UCL Grand Challenges
A new collaboration between UCL and Hong Kong University is encouraging cross-disciplinary research to address some of the world’s greatest challenges, including global health. The application deadlines are 31 January and 31 August 2017.

Student opportunities

UCL Research Catalyst Awards
Scholarships to study in China
UCL students with an interest in China can apply for a fully funded Master's in China Studies at Peking University's Yenching Academy (apply by 31 January) or to study Chinese language for up to one year through a Chinese Government Scholarship (apply by 13 February).
UCL Research Catalyst Awards
Join the UCL Summer School
Every summer, UCL welcomes students from around the world to study for credit in the heart of London. Modules available this year include 'Population and Public Health' and 'Global Health: Local and International Perspectives'. Students can apply until 1 June 2017.
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