The University of Western Australia has been invited to join a global network of research universities, further cementing its reputation as a leading international university.
The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) is a partnership of 16 research-focused universities based in Europe, North America, China and Australia.
“The evolving impact of globalisation and the challenges of working in a highly competitive international environment have made networks such as the WUN an essential part of research, development and global innovation,” UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson said.
“Together we will be able to generate economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits for our respective communities and nations, and the world.”
“Our University aims to be counted among the top 50 universities in the world. To be invited to join the WUN is recognition that we are achieving international excellence,” Professor Robson said.
The World University Network is dedicated to making significant advances in knowledge and understanding in areas of global concern, bringing together the experience, equipment and expertise necessary to tackle the big issues facing societies, governments, corporations and education.
“Linking up with these high-quality research universities means we can share our expertise and tap into theirs, and thus ensure that our research continues to be world-class.”
Professor Robson said this involved UWA research in areas which matched State priorities including:
- creating world-class minerals and mining technologies;
- developing cleaner energy;
- adapting agriculture;
- protecting biodiversity;
- building radio astronomy science;
- securing our water future; and,
- improving health and medicine.
Professor Alan Robson (+61 8) 6488 2809
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 5563 / (+61 4) 32 637 716