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.
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.
New – Video of webinar
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
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
WUN is hosting a series of 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
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
Ms. Shally Fan
Director of Academic Links
Tel: +852 3943 7586
Ms. Yvonne Heung
Assistant Programme Manager
Tel: +852 3943 4371