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WUN Research

Research is at the heart of what the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) does. WUN supports a diverse range of activities across all the disciplines and particularly encourages projects of an interdisciplinary nature. Information on the wide range of current WUN research collaborations can be found on the WUN website. The WUN helps new research groups get established internationally by providing resources, contacts and advice. By helping to share talent across the different WUN members, we are able to encourage new research growth that will help address the challenges of tomorrow.

If you would like to get involved in a WUN collaboration or if you have a project or idea which might be able to make use of the WUN network, please contact the NCKU WUN Coordinator.
Dr. Joy Lin (joylin@mail.ncku.edu.tw)
Ms. Shannon Chen(em50902@email.ncku.edu.tw)



WUN Global Challenges
WUN Global Challenges are collections of high quality WUN collaborative research programmes – each involving a number of WUN and other world-leading academic partners in the programme area – which are expected to contribute significantly – in the short or longer term – to addressing the issues of global significance identified in the Challenges.


WUN Global Challenges are also a means of promoting new or existing WUN collaborative research programmes to potential funders, policy makers and the world more generally by emphasising the impact that these programmes will have on issues of concern to them.

Currently WUN is fostering four Global Challenges:

The WUN Global Challenge in Higher Education and Research (GHEAR) 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.
NCKU Contact:Dr. Lin (joylin@mail.ncku.edu.tw)


The WUN Public Health Global Challenge emphasizes a life-course approach to opportunities for addressing non-communicable diseases especially in low and middle income countries and transitioning populations but also in developed societies where there are social disparities in risk.
NCKU Contact:Prof. Guo (hrguo@mail.ncku.edu.tw)


The WUN Global Challenge on Responding to Climate Change is focussed primarily on food and environment security and encapsulates a number of innovative research projects that address scientific, cultural, health and social issues.  Changes to our climate are leading to environmental changes, food and water shortages, and population displacement and migration.  Collaborative and multi-disciplinary research programs are a crucial component of our response to these emerging problems, and experts from across the globe need to work together to explore sustainable approaches to how we can best adapt to a changing climate.
NCKU Contact:Prof. Shieh (shieh@dprc.ncku.edu.tw)


The WUN Understanding Cultures Global Challenge facilitates interdisciplinary research for understanding some of the principal consequences of globalization for cultural identities. The research agenda of the WUN Understanding Cultures Global Challenge 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. Deeper understanding of these challenges for cultural changes is necessary to inform effective policy-making and implementation.
NCKU Contact:Assoc. Prof. Wu (pswu@mail.ncku.edu.tw)