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Monthly Report No.43 (October 30, 2013)

Dear AC21 Members,


Greetings from the AC21 General Secretariat!

Thank you very much for your continued support of AC21 and its activities. The following are updates and some recent news from AC21.


 1.       The Fifth AC21 Student World Forum (main theme: “Sustainable Mobility and the City of the Future”)

The Fifth AC21 Student World Forum (SWF) was held on October 16-22, 2013, in Shanghai, China. More than 70 students were involved in this forum, hosted by Tongji University, including 38 participating students from 13 member universities and 36 Tongji University student volunteers. The delegates attending the AC21 Steering Committee Meeting and the General Assembly also attended the joint welcome reception with students participating in the SWF 2013 on October 16 and the Opening Ceremony of the SWF 2013 on October 17. The program of the Forum included lectures by professors of Tongji University, student group discussions and presentations, field trips, and social events. The Forum was very successful in deepening the students’ understanding of the main theme of the Forum and the cultures of other countries, and in building international friendships. Please refer to the newsletters written by the Fifth SWF Office of Tongji University for the detailed activities of each day of the Forum. We will inform you of the link to the newsletters shortly.



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 2.       11th Steering Committee Meeting and Sixth General Assembly


The 11th Steering Committee Meeting was held on October 16, 2013, and the Sixth General Assembly on October 17, 2013, both at Tongji University. Many issues were discussed at these meetings. The AC21 General Secretariat will email you the summary of both meetings shortly, but in the meantime we would like to report on three issues here.


Steering Committee Meeting


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 General Assembly


 2.1.   AC21 Special Project Fund 2014

Based on the discussions held during the General Assembly, an increase of the amount of the AC21 Special Project Fund (SPF) per project was approved, from the current 5,000 USD to up to 10, 000 USD. This change will be applied from the AC21 SPF 2014. The AC21 General Secretariat sent the revised version of the Guidelines for the AC21 SPF 2014 and the application form to the AC21 communicators of all member universities on October 22, 2013. You can also access the guidelines and the application form on the AC21 website at the following link:

http://www.ac21.org/english/activities/special  The deadline for application submission is January 31, 2014. We hope that faculty and students of member universities will make the most of this opportunity!


 2.2.   The Order of Future AC21 Activities

Prior to the 11th Steering Committee Meeting and the Sixth General Assembly, the AC21 General Secretariat asked the opinions of all the member universities regarding the order of future AC21 activities. The following order was approved at the General Assembly for carrying out future AC21 activities.












SWF (SWF orother activity such as IGS)


SWF (SWF or other activity such as IGS)

Notes: IF: International Forum, SWF: Student World Forum, IGS: International Graduate School.


2.3.   Host Universities of Future AC21 Activities

The host universities for the following AC21 activities were approved at the General Assembly:


Student World Forum 2015             University of Strasbourg with the support of the University of Freiburg

International Forum 2016               Technische Universität Chemnitz

Event for Students 2017                  Gadjah Mada University


In addition, the following universities self-nominated for the AC21 events in 2018 and 2019. Since these events are still far away, self-nominations are still open. If any member universities wish to self-nominate for these events, please inform the AC21 General Secretariat.


International Forum 2018                Jilin University

Event for Students 2019                  Shanghai Jiao Tong University


 3.       The Seventh AC21 International Forum 2014 (main theme: Science for Society: Higher Education as Builder of Hope)

As we informed you in our previous monthly reports, the Seventh AC21 International Forum 2014 will be held from April 13 - 16, 2014 in Stellenbosch, South Africa and will be hosted by Stellenbosch University. The 12th Steering Committee Meeting and the Seventh General Assembly will also be hosted by Stellenbosch University. The announcement of the International Forum and the call for papers will be sent to you from the host university, Stellenbosch University, shortly. Please mark your calendar with these important dates!


 4.       AC21 Newsletter Volume 16

Volume 16 of the AC21 Newsletter should have arrived at your universities. We would appreciate it if you could distribute this Newsletter to the appropriate recipients to keep them informed of AC21 news and its activities. The Newsletter may also be viewed online at the link below.



If you would like to share some news or events with the other members through this monthly report, please send them to the AC21 General Secretariat at the following e-mail address (office@ac21.org).


Warm regards,


AC21 General Secretariat

E-mail: office@ac21.org 

URL: http://www.ac21.org

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