Matariki Global Citizenship Program and Workshop 2016


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What is global citizenship? What does global citizenship require of us, and our universities?

Students and faculty from six universities – Dartmouth College (USA), Durham University (UK), University of Otago (New Zealand), Queens University (Canada), University of Tübingen (Germany), and Uppsala University (Sweden) – came together in Uppsala in April 2016, for the 1st international workshop to develop the new Global Citizenship Program in the Matariki Network of Universities. The workshop used creative and interactive methods to engage both students and faculty, explored critical understandings of global citizenship, and was the first step in forming the content of the Matariki Global Citizenship Program, and its next steps.

Global Citizenship Program Workshop Video

Dr. Audrey Bryan’s lecture “Critical Approaches to Global Citizenship Education” on 19th April

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  • Date: 4/18/2016 4/20/2016
  • Location: Blåsenhus
  • Organizer: Uppsala Universitet, Otago University and the Matariki Network of Universities
  • Focus: New Education and Research Initiatives for Global Citizenship
  • Apply to participate before:  March 29
  • Contact Sachiko Ishihara, and Lakin Anderson


Faculty and students from seven universities will come together in the first ever IMG_2744 (1)international meeting for the new Global Citizenship Program for the Matariki Network of Universities, MNU.  The 2,5 day workshop will begin at 13:00 on Monday April 18th and finish Wednesday 20th April at 17:00, followed by an open half day event on the morning of Thursday 21st.

The ongoing operations of the Global Citizenship program are under development in this workshop. Possibilities may include for example online/distance exchange activities and collaboration, research projects and funding initiatives, travel and exchanges between partner universities, educational offerings across institutions, funding possibilities for student or staff initiated projects, development of new educational models, sharing of ideas and models for community engagement, and more.

Delegates from Uppsala and MNU partner universities will bring with them their own ideas, experiences and suggestions to contribute to forming the initiative’s future.

Faculty and students are invited to express interest in participating the the latest March 29. The  program will include guest speakers, interactive sessions, and many opportunities to get to know international partners, setting the groundwork for future collaborations. The program aims to set up substantial links and projects between and within partner universities around global citizenship education, research, and outreach activities, initially focusing on the following strands:

Empowering Learners is inspired by the idea that students are key stakeholders of the future. It aims to identify, discuss and develop initiatives and approaches in which students are active co-creators of higher education, and through empowering experiences are acquiring the tools, mind-sets and courage to be able to act as global citizens.

Community Engagement As the word Matariki, in Maori, has come to mean a celebration of the unique place in which we reside, and the giving of respect for the land on which we live, a place-based and community-centered approach to educating global citizens seems appropriate. This strand calls for MNU initiatives that enable students, through multi- and transdisciplinary work modes, to become community-engaged, socially and environmentally aware learners.

Open Strand This open strand invites ideas for key strands of a global citizenship program that partner universities in the MNU are particularly interested in exploring further, and which would complement and build on the already suggested strands. Delegates from UU will have the opportunity to also suggest strands.

The MNU includes seven partner universities: Uppsala University, Dartmouth University in the United States, Durham University in England, Otago University in New Zealand, Queens University in Canada, University of Tubingen in Germany, and the University of Western Australia.

To express interest in participating in the workshop, or to make an enquiry about it, please contact the Matariki Global Citizenship Initiative Workshop coordinators at Uppsala University:

Sachiko Ishihara,
Lakin Anderson,


Members of Faculty – Expressions of Interest to Participate

A group of members of UU faculty will join as part of the Uppsala representation at the workshop, so please contact us if you would like to participate. As expressed in the text above, the workshop and ongoing program aims to offer significant potential for new education and research initiatives between partner institutions. The deadline for staff interest is latest 30 March.

We invite faculty from all departments who have a connection and interest through research, education or experience to the theme of global citizenship to apply. For more information about other delegates from abroad (who else is coming) see the table below, which will be updated as more confirm.

For more on how to join the workshop, time commitments, etc. please contact us on the emails given above.


List of Attending Participants from MNU Universities


Dartmouth College, USA  

Melody Brown Burkins, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies, Associate Director, Programs & Research, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding

Ronald Edsforth, Research Associate in History and Chair of Globalization Studies, Masters in Arts and Liberal Studies Program

Laurel Stavis, Assistant Provost for Academic Initiatives

Freya Jamison, Class of 2017, Major in Arabic and Government

Victor Cabrera, Class of 2019, planning to major in Earth Sciences and Chemistry


Durham University, UK 

Rebecca Bouveng, Assistant Principal (College Life), Ustinov College. Part Time Lecturer, School of Government and International Affairs

Anne Johnsen, Student, MA in ‘Intercultural Communication and Education’, a scholar in the Global Citizenship Programme at Ustinov College

Jasmine Simms, Student Education (with English) Year 2, activist, poet, and member of a local Unite Community branch.

University of Otago, New Zealand 

Dr Miranda Mirosa, Department of Food Science, Sustainable Food Consumption

Sze-En Lau, Co-ordinator of the University Volunteer Centre

Letisha Nicholas, Masters student, Centre for Sustainability

Jonathan Martin, Masters Student in politics

Marea Colombo, PhD Student in psychology

Queens University, Canada

Ms Maddi Andrews, Student Government Academic Representative. Based at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) in the U.K

Dr. Anna Taylor, Assistant Professor . Dr. Taylor and Ms Andrews are based at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) in the U.K.

University of Tübingen, Germany

Prof. Volker Hochschild, Geographical information systems (GIS), energy management of buildings, sustainable campus systems.

Sandy Manton,  PhD student, Diploma in Geography

Dr. Holger Fischer, Faculty  Geo-ecologist and coordinator for sustainable development education (Studium Oecologicum)

Anna Conrad, Student, Active in Greening the University campaign

Carla-Pasqua Herth, Student Representative of the IZEW (International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, ) with focus on Sustainability Studies, “Studium Oecologicum” at the University of Tübingen

Uppsala University, Sweden   

Anneli Ekblom, Senior lecturer at Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology (Member of Matariki GCP Reference Group at UU)

Magdalena Kuchler, Postdoctoral Researcher in Global Energy Systems, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, Department of Earth Sciences. Research in political ecology, climate change governance and global energy governance. Research project in collaboration with Durham university.

Thomas Nygren,  PhD, Researcher and Senior Lecturer at the department of Education, Uppsala University.

Jesse Schrage, Course Coordinator at CEMUS (Centre for Environment and Development Studies) – Student/Faculty

Juan Carlos Forero Mauritz, Sinologist, human geographer and social entrepreneur. Major in Chinese/Minor in Social and Economic Geography.

Larissa Kwiatkowski, 1st year Master student in Sustainable Development

Meena Pillai, 2nd year Masters student in Peace and Conflict Research

Tina Schmiers, 1st year Master student in Sustainable Development

University of Western Australia

No delegation will visit Uppsala for this workshop. Faculty and student representatives will participate via video link, and other virtual means.


Workshop Program and Guest Speakers

Program released soon

April 21: Open Event ‘Partnering for a Better World’ co-hosted by Matariki Global Citizenship Program and Active Student Participation (ASP)

What is required of universities to truly educate, research and engage for global citizenship? What is the role of students and faculty in co-creating Uppsala University’s contribution to the Matariki Global Citizenship Program? How will the new Matariki Global Citizenship Program go forward after the 4 day Uppsala 1st international Workshop?

We invite anyone interested in connecting to or hearing more about this exciting initiative.

Date and Location
April 21st, 9:15-12:30 (fika and light lunch included)

Room 12:004, Blåsenhus

Please register and find more information here



Guest Speakers


Audrey Bryan, St Patricks College, Ireland

Audrey Bryan holds a PhD in Comparative-International Education, with an academic specialisation in Sociology. She teaches courses in Sociology across the range of programme offerings on the Humanities and Education degrees at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra . She has published nationally and internationally in the areas of racism and anti-racism, gender and sexuality studies, development studies and citizenship education. She is the co-author (with Meliosa Bracken) of Learning to Read the World? Teaching and Learning about Global Citizenship and International Development in Post-Primary Schools



Prof. Brian Palmer, Uppsala University

Brian Palmer is a social anthropologist and scholar of religion at Uppsala University in Sweden. Previously he held the Torgny Segerstedt Guest Professorship at Gothenburg University, and before that he taught at Harvard. His courses there on civic courage and engagement attracted as many as 600 students per term, and in 2002 Brian was awarded the Levenson Prize as Harvard’s best lecturer.



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About the Matariki Network of Universities

MNU is an international group of leading, like-minded universities, each amongst the most historic in its own country, and recognised as being:

• A premier place of advanced learning, nationally and internationally
• Research-intensive across a broad subject base
• Focused on providing a high-quality student experience
• Flexible, modern, innovative, comprehensive and globally-orientated

MNU member institutions promote excellence in research-led education, in which students receive education from researchers at the cutting edge of their field. Each member institution conducts transformative research across a broad subject base in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Each promotes a combination of academic learning and personal growth through extracurricular activities in diverse scholarly communities so as to develop rounded citizens of the world and leaders of the future.

Matariki is the Māori name for the group of stars known as the Pleiades star cluster, and also known as the Seven Sisters. Similarly, there are seven founding member institutions in the MNU. Matariki is also the word for the Māori New Year, which marks the rise of Matariki and the sighting of the new moon. The seven members of MNU are each distinguished by their historic traditions, but also by their approach to facing contemporary challenges. For Māori, Matariki has come to mean a celebration of the unique place in which we reside, and the giving of respect for the land on which we live. The seven founding members of MNU are each significant contributors to the city or town in which they are based.Watch video