UNSW is this week hosting the Annual Presidents' Meeting and AGM of Universitas 21 - a network of 23 world leading research-intensive universities in 15 countries.

UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer said as a foundation member of U21, UNSW was delighted to be hosting the event, also attended by university managers and other senior staff.

"Presidents, managers, researchers and academics face similar challenges and complexities and through U21 we can draw on our collective knowledge to enhance our performance and to ensure we maximise the use of our scarce resources," Professor Hilmer said.

The meeting (18-20 May) is addressing a range of key topics through masterclasses, a Global Ideas Roundtable and sessions on key topics facing the sector including resource management, international networks and alliances, and social media and marketing.

Federal MP Malcolm Turnbull will address the Gala Dinner on Thursday, 19 May.

For the first time, the U21 annual meeting features an early career research development component. The inaugural three-day workshop will bring together 40 researchers working in energy and environmental sustainability from 13 universities, covering topics such as maximising the impact of research, media and communication, building effective partnerships with industry, and research innovation. Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Margaret Harding is the UNSW lead for this event.

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