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UoN Joins League of Top World Research Universities

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UoN Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi addressing audience during the Pre-events of NIW 2016

The University of Nairobi is officially admitted to the World Universities Network (WUN). This was after an assessment by the Global Universities Network.

This follows participation by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi in Australia-Africa Universities Network (AAUN) in Perth, Australia from September 5-7, 2016.

The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) is a leading global higher education and research network of leading global universities that works together to drive international research collaboration and address issues of global significance such as climate change, global higher education and research, culture, public health and non-communicable diseases.

WUN is the most active global higher education and research network with 90 active research initiatives, engaging over 2,000 researchers and students collaborating in a diverse range of projects. These initiatives are committed to addressing some of the world’s most urgent challenges and are supported by prolific partners such as the United Nations Foundation, World Bank, OECD and World Health Organization.

This now gives the UoN a global strategic advantage by enhancing its capacity to respond to global research and educational challenges, and the capability to undertake international strategic research in ways that are not feasible by single institutions working alone.  The UoN has been recognized as a member of the network and intends to work together with other Members of the Worldwide Universities Network, bringing faculty and other staff together to develop and implement new ideas and pursue new funding opportunities, to create avenues for student exchange, and to share information and best practice.

UoN has added advantages to access funding for research, attendance of WUN conferences and events, development of joint research proposals, graduate student exchange, development of distributed learning and exchange of academic staff, among other benefits.

 UoN has joined a league of other global universities that are members of WUN such as, among others;

 University of Alberta, Canada

 The University of Auckland, New Zealand

University of Basel, Switzerland

University of Bergen, Norway

University of Bristol, United Kingdom

 University of Cape Town, South Africa

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

University of Ghana, Ghana

 University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Maastricht University, The Netherlands

University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States of America

 National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, ROC

Renmin University of China, People’s Republic of China

University of Rochester, United States of America

The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom;

University of Southampton, United Kingdom 

 The University of Sydney, Australia

The University of Western Australia, Australia

University of York, United Kingdom

Zhejiang University, People’s Republic of China

The agreement between UoN and WUN will be signed by the Chair Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung and the Executive Director Prof. John Hearn at the University of Nairobi, Kenya at a date to be determined.

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