Following the Vice Chancellor’s participation in Australia-Africa Universities Network (AAUN) in Perth, Australia from September 5-7, 2016 and subsequent assessment of UoN by the global Universities Network, UoN has now been formally admitted to World Universities Network (WUN). The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) is a leading global higher education and research network of leading global universities that works together to drive international research collaboration and address issues of global significance such as climate change, global higher education and research, culture, public health and non-communicable diseases.
WUN is the most active global higher education and research network with 90 active research initiatives, engaging over 2,000 researchers and students collaborating on a diverse range of projects. These initiatives are committed to addressing some of the world’s most urgent challenges and are supported by prolific partners such as the United Nations Foundation, World Bank, OECD and World Health Organization.
UoN now joins a league of other global universities that are members of WUN such as University of Alberta, Canada; The University of Auckland, New Zealand; University of Basel, Switzerland; University of Bergen, Norway; University of Bristol, United Kingdom; University of Cape Town, South Africa; The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR; University of Ghana, Ghana; University of Leeds, United Kingdom; Maastricht University, The Netherlands; University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States of America; National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, ROC ; Renmin University of China, People’s Republic of China; University of Rochester, United States of America ; The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom; University of Southampton, United Kingdom
The University of Sydney, Australia ; The University of Western Australia, Australia; University of York, United Kingdom and Zhejiang University, People’s Republic of China among other reputable universities.
This now gives the UoN a global strategic advantage over other Universities by enhancing its capacity to respond to global research and educational challenges, and capability to undertake international strategic research in ways that are not feasible by single institutions working alone. The UoN has been recognized as a member of the network and intends to work together with other Members of the Worldwide Universities Network bringing faculty and other staff together to develop and implement new ideas and pursue new funding opportunities, to create opportunities for student exchange, and to share information and best practice.
The Network now gives the UoN an advantage to access funding for research, attendance of WUN conferences and events, development of joint research proposals, graduate student exchange, development of distributed learning and exchange of academic staff among other benefits.
The agreement between UoN and WUN will be signed by the Chair Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung and the Executive Director Prof. John Hearn at the University of Nairobi, Kenya.