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Titled ‘Open Doors: European Opportunities in Research & Education,’ the sixth WUN Presidents Forum focussed on the increasing internationalisation of knowledge through policy frameworks; the broader remit of the European Union and Europe-based agencies around the world; and the fundamental research questions through which WUN and its allied partners can contribute. http://ow.ly/4nrzuA
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Join us in Maastricht on 2-7 April for the WUN Conference & AGM 2016 to explore issues in migration, economics, public health and higher education. Visit our website to register: http://ow.ly/Z0nyL
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WUN partners with a wide range of international agencies and organisations in order to help develop a global research agenda that makes an impact on scientific discovery, policy frameworks and communities around the world. We are looking forward to participating in the upcoming COP21 as an official observer, which will undoubtedly help shape our own research agenda. http://ow.ly/Virtd
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Professor Ruth Holliday at the University of Leeds discusses how the WUN Gender Studies Global Network brought together scholars from around the world to explore cosmetic surgery tourism in an international context. 

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Exciting things happen as a result of the WUN Research Mobility Programme. Solbjørg Makalani Myrtveit from the University of Bergen discovered that during and since her PhD exchange visit to the University of Auckland. http://ow.ly/Xt1fo
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Medical research and advanced mathematics are usually considered separate disciplines. But for one WUN collaboration, bringing maths and biology together could hold the key to understanding how cells in the human body signal to each other, and might potentially unlock the secrets of a range of non-communicable diseases. http://ow.ly/Xt1aC
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Thank you to everyone who joined us at +Maastricht University for the WUN Conference & AGM 2016! You can now relive all of your favourite moments here: https://t.co/KgcF2Uk0vn
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While rates of exposure in developed countries have fallen, at least one billion people suffer from a helminth infection. In many cases, these infections cause serious health problems and death. However, some helminth infections can be beneficial, helping to protect us from certain autoimmune diseases and allergies. http://ow.ly/XtF5c
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Globalisation, migration and their socio-economic consequences are experienced across the urban and rural divide, yet very little research is focused on understanding these complex processes of globalisation in rural and peri-urban areas, says Associate Professor Ana Deumert.
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Professor David Hogg, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Leeds, discusses the value of international research collaborations.

"The Worldwide Universities Network is a global collaboration of excellent universities throughout the continents of the world. Because of that, it also provides access to all those different agricultural systems, all those different types of cities, all those different health systems. That provides a resource that truly makes our own research much more impactful."

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In communities where livelihoods are linked to the land and sea, environmental security is of utmost importance. This is particularly true in the developing nations of the Asia-Pacific, where many localities have a high dependency on fisheries, tourism and agriculture. That's why WUN experts are investigating environmental livelihood security within the context of promoting sustainable development. http://ow.ly/QbEuP
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In the coming months, WUN will see considerable transition in its Partnership Board, with leading figures that have helped shape WUN over the last ten years moving on from their respective universities. WUN thanks these individuals for their dedicated service and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavours. http://wun.ac.uk/article/wun-welcomes-new-members-to-the-partnership-board
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WUN is a leading global higher education network
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The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) is a leading global higher education network of 18 research-intensive universities committed to addressing some of the world’s most urgent challenges. WUN provides financial and infrastructural support to member universities to foster international research collaboration and facilitate academic mobility.

The vision of WUN is to be one of the leading international higher education networks, collaborating to accelerate the creation of knowledge and to develop the people required to address the challenges and opportunities of our rapidly changing world.

The mission of WUN is to create new, multilateral opportunities for international collaboration in research and graduate education. It is a flexible, dynamic organisation that uses the combined resources and intellectual power of its membership to achieve collective international objectives and to stretch international ambitions.

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