Worldwide Universities Network

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has been an active member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) since 2015. The WUN is a global higher education and research network of 23 universities engaged in 88 active research initiatives, and involving more than 2,000 researchers and students on a diverse range of collaborative projects which address some of the world’s most urgent challenges. WUN supports collaborative research that is innovative and makes a difference, provides opportunities for established and emerging talent, attracts resources to sustain its world-class teams, and creates access and advantage for its members. 

WUN is strategically focused on four Global Challenge Areas: Responding to Climate Change, Understanding Cultures, Public Health: Non-Communicable Diseases, and Global Higher Education and Research. In addition, many WUN projects aim to address cross-cutting themes such as Big Data, Macroeconomics, China, and Africa. Visit the WUN website to learn more.

UMass Amherst Representatives in the WUN

  • WUN Partnership Board: Katherine Newman, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs 
  • WUN Academic Advisory Group: Martina Nieswandt, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement
  • WUN Coordinator Group: Loren Walker, Director, Research Development
  • Global Higher Education and Research Steering Group: TBD
  • Understanding Cultures Steering Group: TBD
  • Responding to Climate Change Steering Group: Om Parkash, Associate Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
  • WUN Global Africa Group: Léonce Ndikumana, Professor, Department of Economics
  • WUN Economics Group: Gerald Friedman, Professor, Department of Economics 

WUN Links

For more information

You may sign up for an Office of Research and Development On Demand Workshop on the WUN, or contact:

Loren Walker, WUN Coordinator for UMass Amherst
+1-413-577-3725 (ofc)