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Worldwide Universities Network Executive Director Prof. Peter Lennie Visits NCKU

National Cheng Kung University is the only university in Taiwan to have joined the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). Soon after taking his post as the new executive director of the WUN in August, 2018, Prof. Peter Lennie arrived at NCKU to get a more in-depth understanding of NCKU’s current and prospective research projects in September, 2018. During his visit, NCKU and WUN took their partnership to the next level in a roundtable meeting where NCKU President Dr. Huey-Jen Su underscored the university’s full support for all the research projects, conferences, and events under the WUN, and encouraged members at all levels of the university to be proactive in coming up with research projects and becoming more active in the WUN. Professor Peter Lennie added that student research projects and scholar exchange programs would be further expanded and subsidized in the future.

The Worldwide Universities Network is a global higher education alliance comprised of 23 research-intensive universities across 13 countries and 6 continents. The universities in the WUN work in concerted effort to address four major challenges brought on by global development, such as climate change, public health, higher education and research, and cultural awareness. National Cheng Kung University joined the network in 2016. A diverse team of eleven researchers, including Professor Su-lin Yu from the NCKU Center for Gender & Women Studies and others from Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan, worked together on the “Marriage Migrants in Asia” project, which was recognized by the WUN as one of the top 14 most influential research projects in 2018.

The roundtable meeting was attended by NCKU President Dr. Huey-Jen Su, the WUN Executive Director Professor Peter Lennie as well as other NCKU officials such as NCKU Vice President Tungyang Chen, Vice President and Associate Vice President of the NCKU Office of R&D Sun-Yuan Hsieh and Pei-Jung Lu, and the Associate Vice President of NCKU Office of International Affairs Chia-Yuan Chen. NCKU professors researching in various fields connected with the WUN’s core objectives were also in attendance, including Prof. Guo How-Ran from the NCKU College of Medicine, Prof. Jo-Shu Chang from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Prof. Tse-Ming Chen from the Department of Physics, Associate Professor Ping-Sheng Wu from the Department of Architecture, and Associate Professor Mei-Tzu Tsai from the Department of Chinese Literature. The roundtable meeting yielded fruitful discussion among all of the attendees who talked about their experiences in their respective fields and shared their own observations and thoughts on the matters related to the four major issues being tackled by the WUN.

The NCKU affirmed that Prof. Peter Lennie’s visit and the face-to-face exchanges that occurred at the roundtable meeting enabled NCKU professors and officials to gain a better understanding of the WUN’s ongoing operations, future developments, and prospective research projects. Moving forward, NCKU will work more closely with other member universities in the WUN to further research on major global issues.

Back in November 2, 2016, a WUN delegation including then-executive director John Hearn arrived at NCKU and signed a cooperative agreement with the university, officially making NCKU one of the higher education institutions in the Worldwide Network of Universities. There are high expectations that the WUN’s multinational education network will foster a value-adding and substantially productive partnership between both sides. Educational institutions such as the University of Sheffield and the University of York in the UK, the University of Sydney in Australia, Maastricht University in the Netherlands, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Zhejiang University are also members of the WUN.
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