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WUN Events and Activities


Researchers across WUN organise a variety of events and activities to promote research collaboration and graduate education, as well as to disseminate knowledge and exchange information. These take place in both the physical and the virtual environment. Please see below for a list of upcoming and past events/activities.


Conferences & Meetings Organised by WUN

Due to the global outbreak of COVID-19, the 2020 WUN Conference and AGM is postponed to 2021 and it will be again hosted by Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico during 17-21 May 2021. More details will be announced by WUN in due course.

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WUN, in collaboration with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is launching the Early Career Researcher (ECR) International Network Development Program, a series of virtual workshops focusing on UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Program is specifically designed for ECRs (final-year PhD students and those who received their PhD degrees within five years) who are interested in establishing connections and exploring research opportunities with peers from around their world. Each workshop will feature an internationally-distinguished speaker and breakout meetings where ECRs can meet and discuss specific areas of interest with a view to cultivating ties and identifying potential collaborations.

An inaugural event for the Program will be held on Wednesday, 28 October 2020 at 7:00pm (HK time), featuring guest speaker Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, President of the UN SDSN, and an information session on the Program and future activities. All members from WUN universities, including CUHK, are welcome. For registration, please click here (a valid CUHK email address is needed). For enquiries, please contact Ms. Yvonne Heung, Office of Academic Links.

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WUN is hosting a series of webinars to help member universities benefit from each other’s experience in addressing some of the unprecedented challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The third webinar to be held on 10 September 2020 (9:00pm, HK time) will discuss the challenges of restarting research during the pandemic.

Universities around the Network have deployed varied approaches to restarting research, reflecting the different geographical and cultural contexts in which they work, and the timing of and extent to which the pandemic has taken hold locally. In this webinar, Prof. Sylvia He of the Department of Geography and Resource Management at CUHK, will join four other speakers from Tecnologico de Monterrey and the Universities of Alberta, Ghana, and York, to discuss different strategies in response to the challenges presented by different disciplines, looking at both successes and failures. Learn more and registration

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WUN is hosting a series of webinars to help member universities benefit from each other’s experience in addressing some of the unprecedented challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The second webinar to be held on 23 July 2020 (6:00pm, HK time) will discuss the challenge of maintaining student engagement and attention during remote course delivery. A panel of experts from Tecnologico de Monterrey and the Universities of Auckland, Rochester, and Southampton will discuss various approaches to keep students engaged, what we have learned from failures, and how the diversity of experiences from around the network can help inform each other as remote teaching continues. Learn more and registration

f webinars to help member universities benefit from each other’s experiences in tackling some of the unprecedented challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The first webinar to be held will focus on student mental health on 5 May 2020. Members of the WUN Student Mental Health Working Group will share their insights on student mental health issues, followed by an open discussion among the participants. Learn more

Some 100 delegates attend the WUN Conference and AGM 2019 held at University College Dublin, Ireland during 22-24 May 2019. Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor; Prof. Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Prof. Isabella Poon, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Mr. Eric Ng, Vice-President (Administration) and University Secretary; and other representatives and researchers took part in this annual event. The event was concluded with the WUN Presidents Forum on ‘Liberal Education for the 21st Century’ where Prof. Isabella Poon was one of the speakers. She shared with the delegates CUHK’s experience in planning the four-year curriculum relating to Hong Kong’s education reform and discussed current pedagogical challenges. Learn more

The University of Western Australia played host to the WUN Conference and AGM 2018 during 23-25 May 2018 in Perth. Over 150 researchers and leaders from the 23 WUN member universities met and discussed the research agenda and strategic plan of the Network in the next few years. A Presidents Forum themed ‘International Policy Research in Higher Education’ was held on the last day where Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, spoke on the importance of the Belt and Road Initiative as a regional action plan. In addition, a number of academic workshops were organised in conjunction with the AGM during 30 April-22 May. Learn more

The inaugural WUN Global Africa Group workshop was held at the University of Ghana during 8-10 June 2017. It brought together over 60 researchers from 22 WUN and non-WUN universities, including Prof. Lawal M. Marafa of the Department of Geography and Resource Management at CUHK, to explore collaborations in five priority areas: environmental change and food security; public health; governance, inequality and social inclusion; higher education and research capacity; and natural resources for inclusive growth and sustainable development. Learn more

The WUN Conference and AGM 2017 was held in New York City during 3-5 May 2017 with a focus on reviewing the achievements of the Network and devise a set of strategies to strengthen its research capacity and profile. The event featured a series of business and research group meetings, as well as a Presidents Forum themed ‘Higher Education and the Sustainable Development Goals’. In addition, a number of academic workshops were organised in conjunction with the AGM during 30 April-2 May. Learn more

The WUN Conference and AGM 2016 was held at Maastricht University from 2 to 7 April 2016 which attracted close to 400 academics and university leaders from around the world. During the AGM, Prof. Joseph Sung, Vice-Chancellor of CUHK, took up the chairmanship of the Network, a role elected from among the presidents of member universities. Learn more

The WUN Conference and AGM was successfully hosted by CUHK during 25-30 April 2015, which attracted some 400 delegates to the campus to review the progress of the Network and plan development in future years. Besides, a number of academic meetings and conferences were held in conjunction with the AGM on the themes of digital cultures, migration, public health, healthy ageing, and China foreign direct investment. The event ended with a Presidents Forum held at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen where over 30 presidents and senior leadership from WUN and Chinese universities deliberated the reform agendas for higher education in China and the world. Learn more


Conferences & Meetings Organised at CUHK

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The Symposium will bring together scholars and experts from healthcare and engineering sectors to share about their latest digital health initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic and their vision on digital health in the post-COVID-19 era. Keynote speakers include Mr. Steve Davis, Co-chair of the Digital Health Technical Advisory Group of WHO, and Dr. Ashley McKimm, Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Innovations. For more details, please refer to the symposium website.

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CUHK, University of Leeds, The University of Auckland, and University of Bristol will jointly organize an online workshop “Low-Carbon Transport: A Global Perspective” on 10 November 2020 (9:30am UK time/ 5:30pm HK time). Supported by WUN, the workshop will bring scholars of eight universities to discuss the latest research on low-carbon transport, with a focus on low-carbon transport modes pre-COVID and the impact of COVID on travel. It will shed lights on how technology, transport, and wellbeing are interconnected, as well as the implications on urban planning and public policy.



  • Susan Grant-Muller, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • Sylvia He, Urban Studies Programme/Department of Geography and Resource Management The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Xize Wang, Department of Real Estate, National University of Singapore
  • Liang Ma, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University
  • Eun Jin Shin, Department of Public Administration, Sungkyunkwan University
  • Subeh Chowdhury, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Auckland
  • Giancarlos Parady, Department of Urban Engineering, The University of Tokyo
  • Yiming Wang, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol


The workshop will be hosted on Zoom and is open to the public. Registration is required (closes on 6 November 2020). For enquires, please contact Ms. Ally Wong (urbanstudies@cuhk.edu.hk) or Prof. Sylvia He (sylviahe@cuhk.edu.hk).

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COVID-19 completely changes our world, our work, our school and our daily life routine. It also changes the public space where we for the first time have to stay away from during lockdown. At the same time, new spaces emerge, bike lanes, pedestrianized zones, pop-up installations, eateries and street stalls have found their ways in many cities.

Coming to the end of 2020, this international symposium will provide the opportunity to look back, reflect, and plan for 2021, particularly in the aspects of Cities and Health, Digital Public Space, Innovative and Creative Approaches, and Campus as Public Space. Join us for a 2-day programme with speakers from the academia and industry, including CUHK, The University of Auckland, The University of Sydney, British Council, UN-Habitat, City Space Architecture, The Spatial Perspectives, and many more. Registration is now open. All are welcome.

Over 100 participants from six continents participated in the WUN Symposium cum Research Summit on Impacts of Grain Legume Research and Development in Developing Countries held at CUHK during 8-17 June 2017. The event was organised by Prof. Hon-ming Lam, Director of the Centre for Soybean Research, as part of his Research Development Fund (RDF) project. It comprised two parts: the first part being a Research Summit for early-career researchers with the aim of fostering a multi-perspective development and facilitating network building, and the second part being an International Symposium for high-level scientific exchange with the ultimate goal of formulating a blueprint for future development of legumes research. Learn more


WUN at CUHK Contact

To learn more about opportunities provided through the WUN for CUHK researchers, please visit WUN’s website or contact:

Ms. Shally Fan
Director of Academic Links
Tel:  +852 3943 7586
Email: shallyfan@cuhk.edu.hk

Ms. Yvonne Heung
Programme Manager
Tel: +852 3943 4371
Email: yvonneheung@cuhk.edu.hk