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 include:
- Access – How do educational policies and practices promote equity of opportunity to succeed in university and beyond?
- Mobility – How does higher education respond to and facilitate greater mobility of people, learning, and knowledge?
- Investment – How can financial resources be more effective and efficient in promoting access, mobility, quality and relevance in 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. Particular attention is paid to Migration on Health; Health Literacy; and Healthy Ageing.
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. It encourages the use of global research platforms among WUN members as a means to connect the ‘living labs’ and ask questions across bioregions.
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, the rise of global communications networks, increasing levels of population mobility, the advent of international consumer brands, and widening social inequalities are challenging national, regional and individual cultural practices. Its current research priority is on the theme ‘Heritage’ and how it relates to other important areas including migration, digital cultures, and indigenous research.
In addition to the Global Challenges, WUN has implemented a set of cross-cutting themes on Economics, Big Data, and regional programmes in China and Africa (i.e. Global China Group and Global Africa Group). CUHK is involved in the Economics theme and the Global China Group.
The Global China Group is a network-wide initiative that aims to channel research efforts on China within the WUN. Focusing on a ‘two way understanding and engagement with China’, the Group has a main theme in social and economic development with sub-themes in food security, climate change, public health, higher education, and cultural change and economic development. CUHK hosted the inaugural conference of the Group in 2013.
CUHK has over the years collaborated with WUN member universities in a number of research projects. The following is a highlight of the most recent projects undertaken by researchers at CUHK, WUN member universities, and other partner universities.
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