Worldwide Universities Network


The Worldwide Universities Network is a network of 17 research-led universities that helps to build global research communities by supporting collaboration. It has members in Australia and New Zealand, the United States, Europe, China and South Africa.

The WUN alliance exists to make significant advances in knowledge and understanding in areas of current global concern. By fostering and encouraging collaboration between members, WUN brings together the experience, resources and expertise required to address the challenges and opportunities currently facing societies, governments, business and education.

Global challenges

WUN invests its resources in four identified thematic research areas, titled Global Challenges:

  • Responding to climate change
  • Public health (non-communicable diseases)
  • Global higher education and research
  • Understanding cultures

The University of Sydney is currently engaged in 33 international research collaborations under the auspices of WUN. Please visit WUN for more information about current projects.

Research development fund

The WUN Research Development Fund provides seed grants to facilitate collaboration among partners, with members encouraged to provide matched funding to leverage capacity. For information on eligibility and application process, please visit WUN.


Highlighted project: Patients shaping health systems to address NCDs

UK and Australian WUN partners have recently had a paper accepted for publication in Australian Health Review. The paper "Governance, transparency and alignment in the Coalition of Australian Governments National Health Reform Agreement" reports on a new collaborative research focus for the existing WUN Shaping Health Systems Interdisciplinary Research Group, on how primary care systems can be turned upside down to place patients at the helm of preventative care and treatment for NCDs.

The paper posits that the Australian reforms fall short of adequately supporting greater integration in chronic disease management in primary care. Successfully addressing this will unlock further value in tackling the growing burden of chronic diseases.

The research is conducted by Professor Stephanie Short and Dr Kirsten Harley from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney in collaboration with their international partners.


Contact details

Amanda Sayan
International Development Manager (South Asia and Networks)
T +61 2 9351 2310
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