Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

Heather Ducote W100 representative Virginia Tech

W100 Representative

Heather Ducote

Senior Director of Marketing and Brand Management


Heather Ducote is the Senior Director of Marketing and Brand Management at Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), with responsibility for marketing, brand creative, and licensing and trademarks. Bringing 19 years of experience in higher education and 30 years overall in marketing and communications, Heather’s work is focused on supporting the university’s institutional goals though brand standards, strategy, initiatives, and protection.

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At Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), we’re reimagining how education and technology intersect. This approach transforms the ways we teach and learn, perform research, and engage with communities around the world.

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Ut Prosim - That I May Serve

Through research, teaching, and service, Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach in preparing scholars to be leaders and problem solvers. A comprehensive institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. 

Virginia Tech offers the widest range of degree choices in Virginia to more than 38,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on all its campuses. With a main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia Tech has an education and research presence across Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C., metro area.

Virginia Tech is a leading global research institution – externally sponsored research grew by 13.4 percent during the last fiscal year – and boasts seven world-class research institutes. The university has invested in Research Frontiers, bringing together diverse expertise that transcends traditional discipline boundaries. In partnership with industry, government, and foundations, these focus areas address emerging challenges and opportunities that seek to improve the human condition and create a better world for all.

Driven by its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech has a clear vision of how we can serve in our personal, professional, and civic pursuits. The university is committed to making its top-quality education accessible even as we push the boundaries of knowledge to make a difference in the world.

Mission and vision

  • Inspired by our land-grant identity and guided by our motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech is an inclusive community of knowledge, discovery, and creativity dedicated to improving the quality of life and the human condition within the Commonwealth of Virginia and throughout the world.
  • Virginia Tech has a 2,600-acre main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia; a significant presence across the commonwealth, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia, the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke, and sites in Newport News and Richmond; educational and research facilities across the state; a study-abroad site in Switzerland; and a 1,800-acre agriculture research farm near the main campus. The campus proper is located in the New River Valley and is 38 miles southwest of Roanoke.

4000+ faculty researchers

38,000

students on and off the main campus

5%

increase in applicants identified as first-generation college students

With locations in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, and the Washington D.C. metro area including the Innovation Campus, Virginia Tech’s research enterprise encompasses over $650 million in annual research expenditures.

Nine colleges and seven research institutes contribute to Virginia Tech’s robust research and innovation ecosystem, with interdisciplinary research capabilities and accomplishments spanning the fields of science, engineering, medicine, social sciences, the arts, and humanities.

The Office of Research and Innovation provides services and support that help faculty, staff, and students to plan, perform, and commercialize groundbreaking research.


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Korea University

University of Korea

Dr William Stewart Korea University

W100 Representative

Dr. William H. Stewart

Associate Director, International Cooperation


William H. Stewart is from Chicago, IL, USA, and earned a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and a minor in Linguistics, which led him to become a Spanish language instructor at a K-12 International School in Seoul in the Republic of Korea in 2008. This marked the start of a career in transnational and international education for the last two decades.

Given his experience in administration, expertise in higher education, international, and transnational education (coupled with proficiency in English, Spanish, and Korean), Dr. Stewart was recruited by Korea University’s Office of International Affairs. In his current role as the Associate Director of International Cooperation, he works to advance the university’s global initiatives.

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With a founding spirit of “national salvation through education” Korea University has grown and prospered for more than 100 years. From its foundation by the Korean royal household in 1905, through Japanese occupation, and into the modern period of rapid economic development, Korea University has been the driving force behind education and social change in Korea.

.Deeply rooted in Korean history, leaping towards the world in the 21st century with the Korean tradition cherished in heart

.Korea University was born as “Bosung College” in 1905. With a Royal grant from Emperor Gojong of the Korean Empire, Lee Yong-ik (Chungsukgong, 1854-1907), Treasurer of the Royal Household, established the school under the banner, “Education Saves the Country.” In the wake of the Korea-Japan Treaty in 1905, however, Lee Yong-ik sought asylum overseas to lead the resistance movement against Japan, which in turn posed a challenge to the management of Bosung College. Although Sohn Byung-hee (pen-name Uiam, 1861-1922), the leader of Cheondogyo, succeeded to the leadership vacated by Lee, Japanese imperial repression and the Great Depression aggravated the school’s financial predicament. Kim Seong-su(pen-name Inchon, 1891-1955) took over Bosung College and laid the foundation on which Korea University would arise. He aspired to build a genuine national university in response to the public schools, which the Japanese Empire manipulated to disseminate propaganda. In particular, the Main Hall (Historic Site 285), embodying the spirit of Inchon, and Main Library (Historic Site 286) were constructed through funding raised across the country and served as strong buttresses for the growth of the university. Following national liberation in 1945, the college was elevated to the status of a university in 1946 and renamed Korea University. Throughout the modern history of the Republic of Korea, Korea University has stood as a symbol of the spirit of resistance, manifesting the conscience of the nation and critical intelligence. This spirit led to a number of uprisings and protests by KU students calling for democracy, including one on April 18th, which triggered the April 19 Revolution in 1960.

Mission and vision

  • Founded in 1905 by the Treasurer of the Royal Household, Young-Ik Yi, who believed that educating the young generation was the only way to secure Korea's independence
  • KU is the country's first institution of higher learning funded and administered solely by Koreans
  • KU's mission is to continue to play a key role in shaping Korea socially, culturally and academically

Research and International Partnerships

45,000

International students

USD500m

in Research funding

The university’s academic scope is extensive with its 18 undergraduate schools and colleges, and 23 graduate schools. KU is also renowned for its professional schools of Law, Medicine, and Business Administration.

In the 1990s, the Korean TechnoComplex was stablished to realize collaborative research by business, research institutes and university for the first time in Korea. Furthermore, Korea University established the School of Life Science and Biotechnology to foster professional human resources in the bioscience area, hosted the Seoul Center of the Korea Basic Science Institute, replete with cutting-edge research equipment, and opened the Graduate School of International Studies to nurture professionals in international and local studies. These endeavours paved the way for KU to join the ranks of leading global universities in science and other areas in the 21st century.


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City University of Hong Kong

Shirley Chong W100 representative City University Hong Kong

W100 Representative

Shirley Chong

Director of Communications and Institutional Research Office (CIRO)


Shirley Chong has extensive public relations, branding  and marketing experience in higher education sector. She has a strong global business network which benefits the university when promoting research excellence and building a strong academic reputation. This network is also crucial in developing employers’ perception of the university’s graduates. In addition, she has extensive data analytics and university rankings experience and provides business intelligence for high-level decision-making.

Located in the heart of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has a well-earned reputation as an innovative hub for research and professional education and for addressing global issues and empowering positive change.

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Embracing diversity - putting learning first

A campus enriched by different cultures, languages, ethnicities, genders, points of view, and learning and teaching styles is what we aim for at CityU. Our
University is in the heart of a metropolitan community with extensive global connections. We aim to reflect that cosmopolitan flavour by attracting high quality students and faculty from around the world and encouraging local students to seek academic adventures overseas. Similarly, we promote pedagogic styles that reach beyond traditional institutional learning (lectures, classroom). At CityU, we spotlight learning-centric education that builds pathways for sustainable careers; inspirational learning that presents the spark for dynamic self-motivation; interactive learning that encourages intellectual exchange and sharing; and innovative learning that emboldens the pursuit of invention and creativity.

Mission and vision

  • City University of Hong Kong aspires to become a leading global university, excelling in research and professional education.
  • Our mission is to nurture and develop students' talents and to create applicable knowledge for social and economic advancement.

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180+

CityU faculty members ranked among the world’s top 2% most-cited scientists.

23

Research Institutes/Centres, and 10 Applied Strategic Development Centres covering different areas of strategic importance.

CityU identifies solutions to critical global challenges by extending the frontiers of knowledge both within and beyond existing research paradigms. Our highly qualified academics are drawn from all over the world, bringing a wealth of research and professional experience to our programmes. Our world-class labs and state-of-the-art teaching facilities, as well as our state key laboratories, a national engineering centre and a suite of institutional-level research centres, enable our researchers to maintain a positive trajectory. We also pioneer new forms of expression by bringing science and the arts together.


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University of Ottawa

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W100 Representative

Nicolas Gregoire-Racicot
Executive Director Marketing and Brand


The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world. Founded in 1848, the University of Ottawa is located in the heart of the capital of Canada. The university has a unique bilingual nature, which allows its students, faculty and staff to learn, work and live in English, French or both. UOttawa are committed to academic and research excellence and value cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The University’s new strategic framework, Transformation 2030, boldly focuses our University community on shaping the leadership and research needed to address questions on a national and global scale.

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A university open to the world

uOttawa is a diverse community that brings together thousands of international students from more than 150 countries, offering opportunities to explore new cultures and ideas every day. Students choose UOttawa to enjoy a superior quality of education and generous scholarships, while living and studying in downtown Ottawa, near many international organizations, including dozens of NGOs, embassies and consulates.

With its diverse community of 45,000 students — including 16,000 Francophones and Francophiles — and 5,000 faculty and staff, The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world. In 2020, the University created the Office of the Vice-President International and Francophonie (OVPIF) in order to further reinforce its position in both the francophone and global communities.

Strategic pillars:

  • More agile: Succeeding in a world where change is the only constant
  • More connected: Becoming leaders in our global village
  • More impactful: Working together to build a better world
  • More sustainable: Securing our shared future

Driving research into the future

$60M

Per year in student scholarships and bursaries

$432M

Research revenue

The University of Ottawa, together with its affiliated hospital research institutes, are acclaimed innovators. Its researchers are world leaders in photonics, vascular and cardiovascular health, brain and mental health, Francophonie, public policy and social justice. With 23 research centres and institutes cutting across faculties and disciplines, uOttawa promotes dynamic research collaboration and leverages Ottawa’s government laboratories, industry and policymakers.

Ranking among the top 10 research-intensive universities in Canada and a member of the U7 International Alliance, uOttawa generates nearly $350 million in research revenue annually and is home to 94 Canada Research Chairs and 23 research centres and institutes. Our 29 core facilities, ranging from leading-edge photonics to multidisciplinary psychology labs, and a new building dedicated to STEM enable our researchers to push the boundaries of discovery.


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Queen's University, Canada

Queen's University

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W100 Representative

Brenda Paul
Associate Vice-Principal, Integrated Communications


Queen’s University, founded in 184, stand on a history of unparalleled academic and research achievement and remain committed to challenging assumptions of the past. The university drives forward the boundaries of knowledge through research and learning – all in service to its vision of an inclusive, diverse, and sustainable society.

The Queen’s community seeks to solve the world’s most significant and urgent challenges with intellectual curiosity, passion to achieve, and commitment to collaboration.

The university is located in the city of Kingston, Ontario, Canada on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our campus community is deeply integrated into the city’s local and regional economy, culture, and social fabric.

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Our diversity enriches the community.
Our research changes the world.

Mission & Vision:

Mission

Queen’s is the university for the future. We stand on a history of strength but are unafraid to challenge assumptions of the past. We offer an exceptional student experience, attract and cultivate excellence and leadership, and push the boundaries of knowledge through research—in service to an inclusive, diverse and sustainable society.

Vision

The Queen’s community—our people—will solve the world’s most significant and urgent challenges with their intellectual curiosity, passion to achieve, and commitment to collaborate.

Driven to discover

24

Research centres and institutes

$1.9B

Contributed to Canada's GDP in 2018/2019

Queen’s University’s reputation for leading-edge physics, cancer research, geoengineering, data analytics, surveillance studies, social science and mental health research is well documented, highlighted by the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Queen’s researchers are working to improve the wellbeing of people and our planet. Some are exploring the building blocks of the universe. Others are working to improve health care and sustainable technologies. Across all disciplines, we are on a mission of discovery.


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York University

York University

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Vinitha Gengatharan
Assistant Vice-President, Global Engagement & Partnerships


York University

York is a leading international teaching and research university and a driving force for positive change.

Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term career and personal success. Together we are making things right for our communities, our planet, and our future.

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Fostering global fluencies and
cross-cultural knowledges

York University has 300+ partnerships in 64 countries including partnerships with industry, governments, non-profit and private sector companies, and other educational institutions. These collaborative opportunities are co-created so that the missions of both York and the partnering organization are advanced in creating positive change for our students and in local and global communities.

Our commitment to collaboration allows us to address complex global challenges to create positive change in the local and global communities we serve. Solidifying existing international strategic academic alliances, and establishing new alliances is key to expanding outreach and engagement with York’s larger communities.

Experience firsthand York’s global impact and engagement. The University prides itself on championing diversity and inclusivity and fostering global fluencies and cross-cultural knowledges. York community lives these values on one of the largest and most diverse university campuses in Canada.

York’s student body includes about 18 per cent international students and also reflects the diversity of Toronto, one of the world’s most multicultural cities. The University draws scholars and exchange students from around the globe, and our students and faculty have opportunities for exchanges and collaborations at our more than 600 partner institutions worldwide.

York ranked No. 1 in Ontario for global collaborative research publications. Over 60% of York’s publications have an international co-author (SciVal, 2020).

Vision and Core Values

York is committed to giving a broad demographic of students access to a high-quality, research-intensive learning environment committed to the public good.
  • We strive for Excellence in fulfilling all aspects of our mission
  • We are Progressive, encouraging open-minded inquiry, innovative approaches, and forward-looking solutions
  • We uphold Sustainability - environmental, social, and fiscal - as a vital compass for decisions and initiatives
  • We are passionate about advancing Social Justice and Equity through critical insight, creative problem-solving, and socially responsible action
  • We champion Diversity and Inclusivity, embracing differing perspectives, peoples, and ways of knowing, and fostering global fluencies and cross-cultural knowledges

Advancing knowledge and
creating positive change

$24.7m

in knowledge mobilization brokered project research funding

$1.8m+

in revenue generated by start-ups from Innovation York

York conducts purposeful research that advances knowledge and creates positive change. York is committed to excellence in research and scholarship in all its forms. Informed by a strong commitment to shared values, including promoting social justice, diversity, and the public good, we aspire through our research to better understand the human condition and the world around us and employ the knowledge we gain in the service of society. Intensive engagement in research is a core institutional value that permeates the fabric of the University, and it is this foundation on which York’s vibrant and exciting academic environment is built.

  • World ranking “high” York’s research output ranked “very high” (QS World University Rankings, 2021).
  • No. 1 York is the top-ranked university in Canada for publications on COVID-19 & Mathematical Modeling, with researchers ranked Nos. 1, 3, 4 & 6 in the country (SciVal, 2021).
  • No. 1 York is the top-ranked university in Canada for publications on galaxies, stars & galactic evolution with the No. 1 researcher in the country: Science Prof Adam Muzzin, with 30 publications & a 354-citation count. (SciVal, 2021).
  • No. 1 York ranked No. 1 in citation impact in Nursing & Health Professions (SciVal, 2020-21).


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University of Waterloo (Source: https://uwaterloo.ca/about/)

University of Waterloo

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W100 Representative

Nick Manning
Associate Vice-President, Communications


University of Waterloo

In 1957, the University of Waterloo opened its doors to 74 engineering students with co-operative education as its cornerstone. Today, with more than 42,000+ students attending annually, Waterloo is #1 in Canada for experiential learning and employer-student connections.

As one of Canada’s top innovation universities, the University of Waterloo is home to 100+ programs in business, health, engineering, math, science, the arts, environment, and more.

Waterloo ranks among the world’s top 250 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. We’re also home to Physics and Astronomy professor Donna Strickland, winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics (only the third woman in history to do so).

With over 50,000 university and college students in the surrounding community, there’s an exciting range of shops and restaurants. The University is located in the city of Waterloo, 110 km west of Toronto, Canada’s largest and most dynamic city. It’s also home to residents from 200 cultural backgrounds.

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Connected to the world

Internationalization is woven into many elements at University of Waterloo. With a goal of becoming one of the most internationalized universities in Canada, diversity and global connections are encouraged and celebrated.

Waterloo’s culture of embracing international perspectives and experiences attracts some of the world’s most talented students, staff, and faculty. Global connections encompass academic, research, and industry partnerships, international learning through work placements, exchanges, field programs, and co-operative education, as well as a vast network of alumni around the world.

With a global network spanning more than 220,000 alumni in 151 countries, Waterloo attracts world-class scholars including a Nobel Laureate, leads in providing work-integrated learning opportunities with 7,100+ active co-op employers and fosters an entrepreneurial spirit that’s created 5,000+ jobs through Velocity alone, Canada’s most productive startup incubator by private investment.

The University of Waterloo’s institutional priorities include a focus “on internationalization and interdisciplinarity” to “advanc[e] learning and knowledge through teaching, research and scholarship, nationally and internationally”. To accomplish this and other goals, Waterloo collaborates with other institutions of excellence around the globe. Successful partnerships are founded on strong connections between institutions and are driven by faculty, staff, and students.

Values and Mission

  • We are curious
  • We are courageous
  • We are engaged
  • We all belong
Mission: The University of Waterloo’s mission is to advance learning and knowledge through teaching, research, and scholarship, nationally and internationally, in an environment of free expression and inquiry.

Championing world-changing, perspective-altering,
life improving research

$12.9bn

raised by 474 University of Waterloo entrepreneurs

$247.7m

in research funding from public and private sources (19/20)

Rigorous and deep inquiry is a fundamental pillar and a distinguishing endeavour at Waterloo. The university celebrate the importance of curiosity-driven research and discovery and do not shy away from unconventional or emerging disciplines or subjects.

The University of Waterloo is shaping the future by tackling global challenges that will impact our world for generations.

Research is an integral and intensive area at the University of Waterloo and recognized worldwide. Waterloo attracted more than $245 million from public and private sources in 2020-2021 to fund research across a spectrum of challenges, and is home to:

  • Over 30 University and senate-approved centres and institutes.
  • 71 Canada Research Chairs
  • Two Canada 150 Research Chairs: Kerstin Dautenhahn (Intelligent Robotics) and Anita Layton (Mathematical Biology and Medicine)
  • One Canada Excellence Research Chair: Katja Mombaur (Human-Centred Robotics and Machine Intelligence) and two Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureates: Philippe Van Cappellen (Ecohydrology) and David Cory (Quantum Information Processing)

Waterloo was named most innovative university in Canada in the Maclean’s 2023 rankings along with second for best overall university in the country and third in Canada for highest quality. For 14 years in a row, the University of Waterloo has been recognized as Research University of the Year among Canadian comprehensive universities by Research Infosource Inc.


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University of Galway

University of Galway

Aoife Flanagan

W100 Representative

Aoife Flanagan

Advisor to the President on Reputation Strategy


Aoife Flanagan is responsible for Reputation Strategy at the University of Galway. With over 15 years’ experience in Higher Education, Aoife has held a number senior roles as Head of Planning and Institutional Research at both RCSI and University of Galway. Prior to this Aoife worked in a number of senior Business Intelligence roles in both Irish and international organisations.

University of Galway

Queen’s College Galway was founded in 1845. Following the construction of the iconic Quadrangle building, the University opened its doors four years later to the first cohort of just 68 students.

University of Galway has grown massively in size and reputation over the past 175 years, with a student population today of over 18,000. According to QS World University Rankings, we are ranked 259 in the world and have been increasing our global reach and reputation over the past decade.

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A distinct and vibrant region,
deeply connected internationally

Inspired by the unique qualities of the region, including its rich culture and traditions, and history of diversity and trade, University of Galway reaches outwards to the world, through a global network of partnerships, collaborations, and alumni, as well as a globally connected faculty.

University of Galway is firmly committed to investing in the social, economic, and intellectual development of the entire region.

By building on the strengths of its local communities and resources, the University is inspired to leave its mark on the rest of the world and its international reach provides a firm platform for its future development.

Values

"We champion our core values of respect, excellence, openness and sustainability. We intend that these values will reinforce each other and, together, they will enhance our university’s distinctiveness."

#PurposePeoplePlace

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Research institutes

96%

Of graduates are employed or in further study 6 months after graduating

University of Galway is a globally focused research-led university. It recognises that research areas are neither standalone nor static and that the problems of the world are not and cannot be solved from just one perspective. With that in mind research at University of Galway incorporates the university’s knowledge of global challenges, national needs, and regional necessities so that its research areas enable an interdisciplinarity approach and impact.

The University’s approach to research is focused on the following three words: Purpose, People, Place.  The purpose of research and innovation at University of Galway is to benefit humanity, society, and the economy, in other words, to create impact. Its people are creative in their thinking and collaborative in their approach and it’s place is distinct—a vibrant region on the edge of Europe—connected globally.

Engaging with its partners locally, nationally, and worldwide, the university invites ambition in research that underpins the following areas:

Enhancing Society and Policy

Enriching creativity and culture

Improving health and wellbeing

Realising potential through data and enabling technologies

Sustaining our planet and people

The University of Galway’s research displays breadth, depth, and interdisciplinarity of its expertise, both fundamental and applied, across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. This is key to its success and ability to drive impact and respond to emerging fields of research.


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University of Nottingham: View of Trent Building from Highfields Park

The University of Nottingham

Alex Favier, The University of Nottingham

W100 Representative

Alex Favier
Director of Global Reputation and Relations


Alex is the University of Nottingham’s Director of Global Reputation and Relations. He has more than a decade of global and political affairs experience including the development of award-winning public affairs functions at both the University of Warwick and the University of Nottingham. He has co-founded sector groups such as the Russell Group Political Affairs Network, the UK Universities Overseas Campus Network and initiatives such as the UPP Civic University Commission, Nottingham in Parliament Day and the Universities for Nottingham Civic Partnership. He was Chair of the CASE Europe Annual Conference between 2018 – 2020 and currently serves on the CASE Global Commission as Europe’s Representative for Marketing and Communications.

During his time at the University of Nottingham, he has established the Institute for Policy and Engagement, served as the Director of Global and Political Affairs between 2018-2022 – where he led on international government relations in the UK, China and Malaysia, global reputation and campaigns, civic and international engagement.  He also led the University’s COVID-19 mutual aid programme and established the University of Nottingham’s Asymptomatic Testing Service in September 2020. During this time he Co-Chaired the UK Higher Education Testing Experts’ Forum in partnership with the Crick Institute and UK Government.

Most recently he has worked on secondment into the UK Government as the Director of International Relations at the Midlands Engine, where he launched the £33bn Midlands Investment Portfolio. He combines his time at the University of Nottingham with running his own Government Relations and Stakeholder Engagement consultancy  – Favier Ltd – and, most importantly, as the Dad of Ava Favier (2020-present).

The University of Nottingham is a public research university in the UK city of Nottingham.

The city’s first civil college opened in 1881 and its foundation stone was laid by the then Prime Minister, WE Gladstone. By 1928 it had outgrown its original building and moved to what is today the university’s main campus. It wasn’t until 1948 that the college was awarded the Royal Charter, allowing it to officially become the University of Nottingham and award degrees in its own name.

Worldwide, the university has a student cohort of over 40,000 who between them represent more than 150 countries. Through the university’s various study abroad programmes, most students have the opportunity to study overseas as part of their degree, in countries that include Sweden, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand and the US.

Today, the university is home to five faculties: Arts, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science, Engineering, and Social Sciences.

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Partners on every continent...

In 2012, The Times described Nottingham as “Britain’s first truly global university”. Since then, the University has consolidated this position and established overseas campuses, first in Malaysia and then China.

The University of Nottingham currently have over 46,000 students, including 11,500 at its international campuses, and over 9,000 international students in the UK.

The University of Nottingham works with stakeholders and partners around the world in a number of different ways. In the past five years, the university’s researchers have collaborated with over 6,500 other institutions around the world, with over half of all publication outputs featuring international collaboration. The University also works with foreign governments and industry to deliver training and expertise.

In education, Nottingham has exchange and study abroad agreements with over 400 universities around the world and has in-depth teaching partnerships with around 50 key partner universities, supporting hundreds of students each year to obtain uniquely international qualifications. Nottingham also works with a select group of partners to provide bespoke international summer schools.

Mission

  • Mission: We have inspiring campuses in three countries, energising us to be a globally engaged university that is also committed to making a difference in our cities and regions. We empower and support students and staff to collaborate in learning, scholarship and discovery across all realms of knowledge, solving problems and improving lives. We are stewards of a pioneering and entrepreneurial tradition of creativity and innovation
  • Vision: To be a university without borders, where we embrace the opportunities presented by a changing world, and where ambitious people and a creative culture will enable us to change the world for the better.

Solving Problems and
Improving Lives

161M

Won in in research awards in 2021

7th

in the UK for research power (REF2021)

The University of Nottingham are committed to addressing the key challenges of our age through collaborative research that brings together academics from across subject areas.

The university’s five interdisciplinary Global Research Themes and its flagship institutes draw upon the university’s strengths: the university’s ability to focus the depth and range of research, international and business partnerships and, not least, the inspirational people who are dedicated to driving innovation that will ultimately change lives.

The University of Nottingham are funding six new Beacons of Excellence committed to talking key global issues such as securing sustainable food supplies, ending slavery, developing greener transport, and reducing our reliance on fossil reserves. These beacons are:

  • Rights Lab (A community with a shared vision of ending slavery in our lifetime)
  • Precision imaging (Transforming healthcare with pioneering imagine)
  • Future Food (Addressing the challenge of feeding an ever-growing world population)
  • Propulsion futures Exploring the possibility and development of electrified propulsion as part of a revolution in greener transport)
  • Green chemicals (Securing the sustainable bio-economy of the future)
  • Smart Products (Technology research to make smarter and trusted products for everyone)


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University of London

Jo Pinson, University of London

W100 Representative

Jo Pinson
Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing


Jo Pinson is the Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing at the University of London, with responsibility for Marketing, Communications, Events, Digital and Brand. The University of London is a world-leading university with over 45,000 students studying digitally across 190 countries. As an academic federation, comprised of 17 member universities, it is one of the largest, most diverse universities in the UK. It is a leader in distance learning innovation and home to world-leading humanities research.

Prior to the University of London, Jo spent 8 years at the University of Surrey, where she lead on Marketing and Communications at the time of significant change in the sector. Jo came into Higher Education after many years in Retail Marketing and the luxury goods sector. She currently sits on two external boards; as a charity trustee and on an Enterprise board for commercial services.

The University of London are a federal University, consisting of 17 independent Member Institutions. As a world leader in higher education, the University has pioneered change since 1836.

The University of London is the UK’s leading provider of digital and blended distance education internationally, offering programmes to over 45,000 students in 190 countries around the world. Although proudly rooted in London, the university’s community and impact are global.

It is a national leader in the humanities, and promotes value to society and the economy through knowledge creation and exchange.

It is also a federation of 17 esteemed higher education institutions, with collaboration at the heart of its ethos. The University of London federation is a collective community of more than 240,000 learners and 50,000 staff, delivering world-leading research across all disciplines.

The university’s passion for increasing access to education and mobilising the collective power and expertise of the federation is central to its ability to transform lives around the world and address the global challenges of the future.

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Proudly rooted in London, but
our community and impact are global

Mission

  • To transform people’s lives through education, driven by a commitment to diversity, inclusion and access and a belief in their power to create new ways of knowing.
  • To deliver innovative training and postgraduate education for the new world of research and work.
  • To realise the benefits of the humanities and social sciences for society, to advocate for their importance, and to provide the intellectual infrastructure to enable new discoveries.
  • To draw on the expertise of our Member Institutions, leveraging our collective power and enabling us all to reach new constituencies and tackle new problems.
  • To strengthen bonds across regional, national, cultural, economic and political boundaries.

Delivering world-leading research
across all disciplines

100+M

Recognised Teaching Centres across the world

100

Years of the Institute of Historical Research

The University of London is a national leader in the humanities: our School of Advanced Study is the only UK institution that is nationally funded by Research England to promote and facilitate humanities research. We steer the national conversation through knowledge exchange and public engagement, contributing creativity and inspiration from across the world to a growing economy, a constructive civil discourse and a rich cultural infrastructure for the UK.

Research at the University of London is highly collaborative, carried out in partnership with its colleges, with national subject communities in the humanities and law and in combination with external partners in London’s knowledge quarter.

The University occupies a unique position in the UK’s research landscape through the exceptional research collections of its libraries, through its School of Advanced Study, which serves as a national centre for the promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities, and through the wide communities of scholars across the world who take part in delivering the international online programmes.

Our research concentrates on the human dimensions to societal challenges. To confront climate change, global mobility, social injustice, human rights, poverty, we will need to understand the human world and to appreciate the critical importance of cultures


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The campus of UCL

UCL (University College London)

Ali Parker UCL

W100 Representative

Alison (Ali) Parker
Director of Faculty Marketing


Alison (Ali) Parker is Director of Faculty Marketing at UCL, London’s Global University, where she leads the brand, marketing, and communications on behalf of the Vice President External Engagement working across UCL and its eleven Faculties.

Ali is an award-winning chartered marketing professional with senior leadership roles across International Higher Education at Swansea University, University California Berkeley and Regents University London complimented by commercial and brand development for Pepsi and Northern Foods.

Founded in 1826 in the heart of London, UCL is London’s leading multidisciplinary university, with more than 16,000 staff and 50,000 students from 150 different countries.

We are a diverse community with the freedom and courage to challenge, to question, and to think differently.

Consistently ranked as one of the top ten universities in the world*, our world-leading academics, curious students and outstanding staff continually pursue excellence, break boundaries and make an impact on real-world problems.

* QS World University Rankings 2010-2023

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Continually making an
impact on the world

UCL Global Engagement helps put UCL’s knowledge and ideas to work in the world. We use our expertise to facilitate and strengthen new and existing collaborations, driven by the belief that with the right mix of minds, anything is possible.

The Global Engagement (GE) team supports UCL’s academic and student communities in collaborating across borders and boundaries, enabling international impact for the greater good.

Working globally requires regional knowledge, expertise, and advice. To provide this effectively, GE structures its support based on seven regions: Africa and the Middle East, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, South Asia, North America, and South East Asia and Australasia.

In 2018 UCL launched its Cities Partnerships Programme; a cross-UCL initiative that supports, funds and promotes the work that UCL academics carry out with partners in global cities. The programme aims to develop sustainable, multidisciplinary research and teaching partnerships.

Vision and Mission

Vision: Our distinctive approach to research, education and innovation will further inspire our community of staff, students and partners to transform how the world is understood, how knowledge is created and shared and the way that global problems are solved.
Mission: London’s Global University: a diverse intellectual community, engaged with the wider world and committed to changing it for the better; recognised for our radical and critical thinking and its widespread influence; with an outstanding ability to integrate our education, research, innovation and enterprise for the long-term benefit of humanity.

Disruptive thinking
since 1826

476.9m

won in research grants and contracts (2021)

£1.25b

invested in transforming UCL facilities

Insights from UCL research address the great challenges facing the world – bringing benefits in health, culture, policy, business and beyond.

Individually and in collaboration, UCL experts develop insights relevant to humanity’s major problems. Society reaps many benefits from their excellent research, some of which occur immediately, while others develop over years or generations.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework assessment, REF 2021, UCL came second in research power only to Oxford (1st) and maintained the position as top in the UK for research power in medicine, health and life sciences as well as social sciences. Read over 170 research impact case studies about how UCL is transforming lives.

Through its interdisciplinary work, UCL researchers have been collaborating with local and international partners on a range of issues – from tackling inequalities and climate change and addressing health challenges including COVID-19, HIV and cancer. They have helped preserve ancient heritage for future generations, transformed social care policy and practice, and worked with industry to supply cutting-edge technology for international space missions.


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Western University

Western University

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W100 Representative

Althea Blackburn-Evans
Chief Communications Officer


Western is ranked as one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, with annual funding in excess of $240 million, and has a history of excellence in fundamental and applied discovery

Since its early days in the late 1870s, Western University has aimed at giving each of its students “The Western Experience”. Its 12 faculties and three affiliated university colleges offer its more than 36,000 students a choice of 400 study programmes. It was previously known as the University of Western Ontario, but went through a rebranding process in 2012, becoming commonly known as Western University.

Considered one of the country’s most beautiful universities, Western’s campus spans 400 acres of mixed architecture from Gothic-style buildings to modern, sustainable structures.

Its location in London, Canada’s eleventh largest city, offers students an escape to a thriving cultural hub of shopping, theatre, dancing, cinema, and sports. Its 200 parks provide a natural backdrop, and it is affectionately known as the Forest City. Western’s teaching, research and service missions encompass a wide range of activities which are a crucial part of the London community.

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Concentrate on place and
engage the world

International activities have been a longstanding priority at Western. We have a heightened emphasis and investment in these important activities. A primary objective of Western International is to support an environment and community that promotes the education of global-ready graduates.

With research collaborations on every continent and students and faculty trained far and wide, Western is actively engaged internationally. Partners include institutions, government organizations and other public sector parties, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.

In addition to formal partnerships, Faculties and Schools, individual faculty members, and students are connecting Western with the world and bringing global perspective to our campus every day.

Global development work at Western draws upon creating partnerships with colleagues in the Global South in order to collaborate on teaching, research, and service to address some of the most challenging global issues that exist today – from HIV/AIDS to poverty reduction to adequate education, food security, and health care.

Different from international projects or exchanges, global development programs involve students, staff, and faculty at Western working with international partners to seek sustainable local solutions to significant global issues. The approach is based on principles of reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships which honour local knowledge and leadership to learn together while advancing local solutions.

Key strategic themes:

THEME 1 – GREATER IMPACT

  • Grow strategically
  • Stimulate our research, scholarship, and creative activity
  • Promote teaching and learning for the future
  • Enrich the student experience

THEME 2 – PEOPLE, COMMUNITY, AND CULTURE

  • Advance Reconciliation with Indigenous communities
  • Create a more equitable and inclusive Western
  • Thrive through belonging

THEME 3 – WESTERN’S PLACE IN THE WORLD

  • Concentrate on place, and …
  • … Engage the world
  • Sustainability, an imperative

Mobilize for Impact!

82

Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

248

active licenses through WORLDiscoveries

Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. From fundamental to applied discovery and other scholarly activities, its scholars advance knowledge that provides tangible benefits for the economic, social, health and cultural development of citizens in London, in Canada and around the world.

Measures of Excellence:

  • 6 research areas ranked in the top 100 globally
  • 82 Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada
  • 248 active licenses through WORLDiscoveries
  • 50 active spin-off companies through WORLDiscoveries

Western’s researchers, scholars, and artists seek to understand the world in which we live and to examine the role the academy plays in society. They contribute to the sum of human knowledge, preserve it, connect it to communities, and pass it down to future generations.

The breadth of these contributions underpins, traverses, and transcends the five areas of research activity identified below:

  • A healthy future
  • A Creative Future
  • A Sustainable & Resilient Future
  • A Technologically-Informed Future
  • A Just & Equitable Future


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