WUN supports a wide spectrum of research activities and encourages research of an interdisciplinary nature. In particular, the Network fosters collaboration in four key areas identified as the Global Challenges: Global Higher Education and Research, Public Health, Responding to Climate Change, and Understanding Cultures. It also promotes researchers mobility for the purposes of advancing their knowledge and skills, and expanding their international networks for future academic success, which is particularly relevant to early and mid-career academics.
CUHK is involved in over 30 research collaborations in partnerships with all WUN member universities, working together to address some of the most pressing issues the world currently faces.
WUN Global Challenges
Addresses the sources, mechanisms, and social structures that give rise to today’s higher education challenges, and works collaboratively across the Network to propose reform policies for international research and education. Its research priorities in 2018-19 are:
- Higher education curriculum for the 21st century.
- Legitimacy/authority of university in a changing world.
- Global/local mobilities and higher education.
Emphasises a life-course approach to opportunities for addressing non-communicable diseases especially in low and middle income countries and transitioning populations, as well as in developed societies where there are social disparities at risk. Its research priorities in 2018-19 are:
- Any topic of Public Health.
- Align with UN SDG #3 (‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’) and/or other global priorities.
Primarily focuses on food and environment security and encompasses projects that address scientific, cultural, health and social issues arising from climate change such as environmental changes, food and water shortages, and population displacement and migration. Its research priorities in 2018-19 are:
- Food security (including marine foods) under increasing resource scarcity/risk, especially to address aspects of nutrition, supply chains, and pollution.
- Renewable energy from wind, tidal/wave, and biofuels and the importance of micro/smart-grids
- Plastic production and plastic waste, especially microplastics, for addressing environmental and health concerns.The blue economy for supporting marine livelihoods, ocean biodiversity, and communities along coasts and rivers.
- Advancing system approaches for smart climate services through big data, and mapping, particularly for disaster risk management.
- Indigenous knowledge for building cultures of climate resiliency within climate-smart landscapes.
Facilitates interdisciplinary research for understanding some of the principal consequences of globalisation for cultural identities. Its research agenda is shaped by a concern with how profound globalisation trends such as a more integrated transnational economic system, increasing levels of population mobility, and widening social inequalities are challenging national, regional and individual cultural practices. Its research priorities in 2018-19 are:
- Identify gaps in policy data, bringing scholarship to capacity development.
- Borders and boundaries, securitization and rights
- Using the reach of WUN to map the consequences of migration policies.
- Heritage through the lens of mobility, identity, and sustainability
3. Merging Migration and Heritage
- Memorials for the last rights
- UNESCO White Paper on Migration, Culture, and Heritage
CUHK has over the years collaborated with WUN member universities in a number of research projects. The following is a highlight of the projects undertaken by researchers at CUHK, WUN member universities, and other partner universities. To see a full list of WUN projects CUHK engages it, please click here.
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
Ms. Yvonne Heung
Assistant Programme Manager
Tel: +852 3943 4371