International research partnerships

Worldwide Universities Network overview

The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) is a leading higher education and research network made up of 23 universities across the globe. Together they work to promote research collaboration and address issues of global significance. WUN has 90 active research initiatives engaging over 2 000 researchers and students in diverse range of projects.

By fostering and encouraging collaboration between its members, WUN brings together the experience, equipment and expertise necessary to tackle the big issues currently facing societies, government, corporations and education. Staff and students are encouraged to participate in WUN’s expansive and innovative portfolio of research activities.

WUN shares many of the same objectives as UCT, fostering international research collaboration through a developed global support framework that can address issues of global concern, affect decision making at policy level and unlock funding opportunities.

Across WUN, research initiatives span the arts, humanities, social sciences, engineering, science, health and medicine. Several UCT researchers are partners in WUN collaborative research projects.

  • Professor Sheona Shackleton has been the lead on one such project, Climate Resilient African Landscapes.
  • Dr June Bam-Hutchison is leading !Gâ re – Rangatiranga – Dadirri : Decolonizing the 'capture of knowledge', a new research project with partners from nine WUN member universities.
  • UCT has also occupied leadership roles in the Global Africa Group, which is a WUN specialist interest group.


  • Maastricht University         
  • National Cheng Kung University
  • Renmin University of China
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Bergen
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Ghana
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Nairobi
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of York
  • Zhejiang University

Find out more about WUN.