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The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) is an alliance of 25 research-intensive universities. WUN provides financial and infrastructural support to member universities to foster international research collaboration and facilitate academic mobility. Founded in 2000, the Worldwide Universities Network is a
non-profit A nonprofit organization (NPO), also known as a non-business entity, not-for-profit organization, or nonprofit institution, is a legal entity organized and operated for a collective, public or social benefit, in contrast with an entity that op ...
group of 25 research universities from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ghana, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom, and the United States. The current members are: *
University of Alberta The University of Alberta, also known as U of A or UAlberta, is a Public university, public research university located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was founded in 1908 by Alexander Cameron Rutherford,"A Gentleman of Strathcona – Alexander ...

University of Alberta
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University of Auckland , mottoeng = By natural ability and hard work , established = 1883; years ago , endowment = New Zealand Dollar, NZD $251 million (31 December 2020) , budget = NZD $1.226 billion (31 December 2020) , chancellor = Scott St John , vice_cha ...
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University of Bergen The University of Bergen ( no, Universitetet i Bergen, ) is a public university located in Bergen, Norway, Bergen, Norway. The university today serves approximately 17,000 students, and is one of the ten universities in Norway. History Althoug ...
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University of Bristol The University of Bristol is a Red brick university, red brick Russell Group research university in Bristol, England. It received its royal charter in 1909, although it can trace its roots to a Society of Merchant Venturers, Merchant Venturers' sc ...

University of Bristol
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University of Cape Town The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) is the totality of such groupings. This is a different conce ...
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University College Dublin University College Dublin (commonly referred to as UCD; ga, Coláiste na hOllscoile, Baile Átha Cliath) is a public research university in Dublin Dublin (; , or ) is the capital and largest city of Ireland Ireland ( ; ga, Éi ...
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University of Ghana The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of the thirteen Ghanaian national public universities. It was founded in 1948, in the British colony of the Gold Coast (British colony), Gold Coast, as the University College of the Gold Coast, ...

University of Ghana
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Chinese University of Hong Kong The Chinese University of Hong Kong (abbreviated CUHK) is a public university, public research university in Shatin, Hong Kong, formally established in 1963 by a university charter, charter granted by the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. It is ...
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University of Lausanne The University of Lausanne (UNIL; french: links=no, Université de Lausanne) in Lausanne , neighboring_municipalities= Bottens, Bretigny-sur-Morrens, Chavannes-près-Renens, Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Crissier, Cugy, Vaud, Cugy, Écublens, Vaud, ...

University of Lausanne
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University of Leeds The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorks ...
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Maastricht University Maastricht University (abbreviated as UM; nl, Universiteit Maastricht) is a public In public relations Public relations (PR) is the practice of deliberately managing the release and spread of information between an individual or an organ ...

Maastricht University
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Mahidol University Mahidol University (Mahidol), an autonomous research institution in Thailand, had its origin in the establishment of Siriraj Hospital in 1888. Mahidol had an acceptance rate for Medicine of 0.4% as of the 2016 academic year. Becoming the Universit ...

Mahidol University
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Makerere University Makerere University, Kampala ( ; Mak) is Uganda Uganda (Languages of Uganda, Ugandan Languages: Yuganda ), officially the Republic of Uganda ( sw, Jamhuri ya Uganda), is a landlocked country in East Africa, East-Central Africa. It is bordere ...

Makerere University
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University of Massachusetts Amherst The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst, UMass) is a public In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) is the totality of such grouping ...
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National Cheng Kung University National Cheng Kung University (NCKU; ) is a public research university located in Tainan, Taiwan. The university is best known for engineering, computer science, medicine, and planning and design. As a top university in Taiwan, NCKU has played ...
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University of Pretoria The University of Pretoria ( af, Universiteit van Pretoria, nso, Yunibesithi ya Pretoria) is a multi-campus public In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general ...
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Renmin University of China Renmin University of China, often referred to as RUC (), or colloquially Renda (), is a public In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) is the totali ...
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University of Rochester The University of Rochester (U of R, UR, or U of Rochester) is a in . The university grants and s, including and s. The University of Rochester enrolls approximately 6,800 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students. Its 158 buildings hous ...
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University of Sheffield , mottoeng = To discover the causes of things , established = – University of SheffieldPredecessor institutions: – Sheffield Medical School – Firth College – Sheffield Technical School – University College of Sheffield , type = pub ...
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University of Southampton , mottoeng = The Heights Yield to Endeavour , type = Research university , established = 1862 – Hartley Institution1902 – Hartley University College1952 – gained university status by royal charter , chancellor ...
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University of Technology Sydney The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is a public In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) is the totality of such groupings. This is a different ...
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Tecnológico de Monterrey
Tecnológico de Monterrey
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Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Federal University of Minas Gerais ( pt, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, UFMG) is a federal university A university ( la, universitas, 'a whole') is an educational institution, institution of higher education, higher (or Tertiary educati ...
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University of York The University of York (abbreviated as ''Ebor'' or ''York'' for Post-nominal letters, post-nominals) is a Collegiate university, collegiate research university A research university is a university A university ( la, universitas, 'a whole') ...
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Zhejiang UniversityZhejiang University (ZJU; ), informally known as Zheda (), is a public In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) is the totality of such groupings. This i ...
The network is funded principally by its member universities, who each pay an annual subscription fee.


Structure

WUN is managed by a Secretariat, which is responsible for the operations, communications and strategy implementation of the network. Partnership Board The Partnership Board provides entrepreneurial leadership of the company. The Board sets the strategic direction and vision of the company. The Board comprises the Presidents, Vice-Chancellors or Rectors of the member universities and the WUN Executive Director. Chair: Professor
Dawn Freshwater Dawn Freshwater is a British academic, university professor, mental health researcher and is the incumbent Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland. Early life and education Freshwater was born in a mining family in Nottingham, with two y ...
, Vice-Chancellor,
The University of Auckland , mottoeng = By natural ability and hard work , established = 1883; years ago , endowment = , chancellor = Scott St John , vice_chancellor= Dawn Freshwater , city = Auckland Auckland ( mi, Tāmaki Makaurau) is a ...
Vice-Chair: Professor Sandra Almeida, Rector,
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Federal University of Minas Gerais ( pt, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, UFMG) is a federal university A university ( la, universitas, 'a whole') is an educational institution, institution of higher education, higher (or Tertiary educati ...
Board Members *Professor
Bill Flanagan Bill Flanagan (born January 14, 1955) is an American author, television executive and radio host. He was born in Rhode Island Rhode Island (, like ''road''), officially the State of Rhode Island, is a state in the New England region of the U ...
, President and Vice-Chancellor,
University of Alberta The University of Alberta, also known as U of A or UAlberta, is a Public university, public research university located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was founded in 1908 by Alexander Cameron Rutherford,"A Gentleman of Strathcona – Alexander ...

University of Alberta
*Professor Margareth Hagen, Rector,
University of Bergen The University of Bergen ( no, Universitetet i Bergen, ) is a public university located in Bergen, Norway, Bergen, Norway. The university today serves approximately 17,000 students, and is one of the ten universities in Norway. History Althoug ...
*Professor Hugh Brady (academic), Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor,
University of Bristol The University of Bristol is a Red brick university, red brick Russell Group research university in Bristol, England. It received its royal charter in 1909, although it can trace its roots to a Society of Merchant Venturers, Merchant Venturers' sc ...

University of Bristol
*Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice-Chancellor,
University of Cape Town The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) is the totality of such groupings. This is a different conce ...
*Professor Andrew Deeks, President,
University College Dublin University College Dublin (commonly referred to as UCD; ga, Coláiste na hOllscoile, Baile Átha Cliath) is a public research university in Dublin Dublin (; , or ) is the capital and largest city of Ireland Ireland ( ; ga, Éi ...
*Professor Nana Aba Amfo, Vice-Chancellor,
University of Ghana The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of the thirteen Ghanaian national public universities. It was founded in 1948, in the British colony of the Gold Coast (British colony), Gold Coast, as the University College of the Gold Coast, ...

University of Ghana
*Professor Rocky Tuan, Vice-Chancellor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong *Professor Frédéric Herman, Rector,
University of Lausanne The University of Lausanne (UNIL; french: links=no, Université de Lausanne) in Lausanne , neighboring_municipalities= Bottens, Bretigny-sur-Morrens, Chavannes-près-Renens, Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Crissier, Cugy, Vaud, Cugy, Écublens, Vaud, ...

University of Lausanne
*Professor Simone Buitendijk, Vice-Chancellor,
University of Leeds The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorks ...
*Professor Rianne Letschert, President,
Maastricht University Maastricht University (abbreviated as UM; nl, Universiteit Maastricht) is a public In public relations Public relations (PR) is the practice of deliberately managing the release and spread of information between an individual or an organ ...

Maastricht University
*Professor Banchong Mahaisavariya, President,
Mahidol University Mahidol University (Mahidol), an autonomous research institution in Thailand, had its origin in the establishment of Siriraj Hospital in 1888. Mahidol had an acceptance rate for Medicine of 0.4% as of the 2016 academic year. Becoming the Universit ...

Mahidol University
*Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice-Chancellor,
Makerere University Makerere University, Kampala ( ; Mak) is Uganda Uganda (Languages of Uganda, Ugandan Languages: Yuganda ), officially the Republic of Uganda ( sw, Jamhuri ya Uganda), is a landlocked country in East Africa, East-Central Africa. It is bordere ...

Makerere University
*Chancellor John McCarthy (linguist), John McCarthy, Chancellor,
University of Massachusetts Amherst The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst, UMass) is a public In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) is the totality of such grouping ...
*Professor Huey-Jen Jenny Su, President,
National Cheng Kung University National Cheng Kung University (NCKU; ) is a public research university located in Tainan, Taiwan. The university is best known for engineering, computer science, medicine, and planning and design. As a top university in Taiwan, NCKU has played ...
*Professor Tawana Kupe, Vice-Chancellor and Principal,
University of Pretoria The University of Pretoria ( af, Universiteit van Pretoria, nso, Yunibesithi ya Pretoria) is a multi-campus public In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general ...
*Professor Liu Wei, President,
Renmin University of China Renmin University of China, often referred to as RUC (), or colloquially Renda (), is a public In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) is the totali ...
*Professor Sarah Mangelsdorf, President,
University of Rochester The University of Rochester (U of R, UR, or U of Rochester) is a in . The university grants and s, including and s. The University of Rochester enrolls approximately 6,800 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students. Its 158 buildings hous ...
*Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Sheffield *Professor Mark E. Smith, President and Vice-Chancellor,
University of Southampton , mottoeng = The Heights Yield to Endeavour , type = Research university , established = 1862 – Hartley Institution1902 – Hartley University College1952 – gained university status by royal charter , chancellor ...
*Professor Andrew Parfitt, Vice-Chancellor and President,
University of Technology Sydney The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is a public In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) is the totality of such groupings. This is a different ...
*Dr David Garza, Rector,
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Tecnológico de Monterrey
*Professor Charlie Jeffery, Vice-Chancellor and President,
University of York The University of York (abbreviated as ''Ebor'' or ''York'' for Post-nominal letters, post-nominals) is a Collegiate university, collegiate research university A research university is a university A university ( la, universitas, 'a whole') ...
*Professor Wu Zhaohui, President,
Zhejiang UniversityZhejiang University (ZJU; ), informally known as Zheda (), is a public In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) is the totality of such groupings. This i ...
*Professor Peter Lennie, WUN Executive Director Academic Advisory Group The Academic Advisory Group is responsible for overseeing the academic portfolio of the Network and advising the Partnership Board on strategic direction. It is made up of senior administrators, usually at the level of Vice-President or Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for the research or internationalisation priorities of the member universities. Institutional Coordinators Each WUN member university appoints an administrator to manage the implementation of the WUN strategies and programs on campus and to serve as the main contact point for network initiatives. This group shares information on collaborative opportunities and develops WUN’s research programs.


Global Challenges

WUN has identified four Global Challenges as the focus for its thematic research areas. There are numerous research groups within each Global Challenge. They are:


Responding to Climate Change

The Responding to Climate Change Global Challenge encapsulates a number of research projects that address scientific, cultural, health and social issues relating to climate change. More information: https://wun.ac.uk/wun/globalchallenges/view/responding-to-climate-change/


Public Health

The Public Health Global Challenge emphasizes a life course approach to opportunities for addressing challenges in low and middle-income countries and transitioning populations as well as in developed societies where social disparities are at risk. More information: https://wun.ac.uk/wun/globalchallenges/view/public-health/


Understanding Cultures

The WUN Understanding Cultures Global Challenge is focused on decolonization as an overarching theme of sustainable development. More information: https://wun.ac.uk/wun/globalchallenges/view/understanding-cultures/


Global Higher Education and Research

The Global Higher Education and Research Global Challenge addresses the sources, mechanisms and social structures that give rise to higher education challenges, and proposes reform policies for international research and education. More information: https://wun.ac.uk/wun/globalchallenges/view/global-higher-education-and-research/


References

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