The International Consortium of Universities for the Study of Biodiversity and the Environment or iCUBE aims to bring together a core group of research universities from around the globe to form a consortium to address, for both research and education, issues and problems related to biodiversity and the environment.
iCUBE is comprised of a select group of research universities who share a common vision and are committed to research and education on biodiversity, climate change and the environment, namely:
- King’s College, London
- Korea University
- Monash University
- National University of Singapore
- Universiti Brunei Darussalam
- University of Auckland
- University of Bonn
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Consortium seeks to promote collaborative research, disseminate knowledge and promote awareness and understanding on issues and problems related to biodiversity and the environment. The Consortium seeks to strengthen existing and further create international linkages, promoting intellectual and educational exchanges and interaction among scholars and students.
The iCUBE Governing Board, made up of the Presidents/Vice Chancellors/Rectors/Principals or their representatives, has responsibility for the general policy directions and decisions, strategic planning, general approval of programmes and activities, and general funding approval and budget of the Consortium. The Governing Board meets biennially, hosted by a participating university of the Consortium.
The Scientific Committee, represented by a senior officer of the participating university (Vice President/ Assistant Vice Chancellors/Directors of Research/Senior Research Officers), has responsibility over the formulation, development, approval and funding of specific programmes, activities and projects in line with the vision and mission of the Consortium, especially relating to education and research in biodiversity and the environment. The Scientific Committee meets at least once a year.
A Secretariat will be established, with a full time Director and support staff, to conduct the administrative and logistical functioning of the Consortium, and to ensure proper planning and functioning of the Consortium. The Secretariat will also be responsible for the budget of the Consortium, and it is currently hosted by Universiti Brunei Darussalam, and will be rotated among the universities in the Consortium after a few years.