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WUN - The World Universities Network

The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) was established in 2000 with the University of Southampton as a founding member. It remains one of the University's key vehicles of internationalisation.

WUN Global Challenges

The WUN Global Challenges are:-
. Responding to Climate Change                 2. Understanding Cultures   

3. Global Higher Education and research      4. Public Health (NCDs)

The Population Health USRG focuses on the Public Health challenge but we recognise that all four are linked.

'Public Health and Adapting to Climate Change' The 2014 WUN annual conference in Cape Town 



The moment we arrived in Cape Town we were immersed in the challenges of Public Health and Adapting top Climate Change - Those who chose to join the field trip to the Goedgedacht Trading company saw a response to climate change, and the fruits - in this case olives -  of a farm project that encourages the growing of produce that is not water hungry. Those who visited the Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre saw at first hand the challenges of food security through the lens of food production in the area. Those who visited Graveyard Pond and Sweet Home, two communities on Cape Flats, met representatives from the communities and saw the resourceful actions demonstrated and required by the community leaders and their teams as they continue to tackle the challenges caused by having dwellings in an area prone to flooding. (Extract from blog post. Read full account here)

Graveyard pond

Graveyard Pond

The challenges caused by having dwellings in an area prone to flooding.

don nutbeam

Professor Don Nutbeam

Food security in Africa. Policywise, researchers must answer the questions governments ask


Lion's Head Mountain

Delegates prepare for Day 3 of the Conference and discussions about climate change and NCDs

Further information about the World Universities Network can be found on the central WUN website.

Find out more about the University of Southampton's work with the WUN here.

Read a blog about the conference here


Township flooding on Cape Flats
Township flooding on Cape Flats

The WUN is, in my view, an exemplary body so being invited to speak to you is a delight as well as an honour.

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