Global Higher Education and Research


The WUN Global Challenge in Higher Education and Research (GHEAR) addresses the sources, mechanisms, and social structures that give rise to today's higher education challenges, and works collaboratively across the network to propose reform policies for international research and education.

Focus of the WUN GHEAR Global Challenge in 2014-15 

The research theme for 2014/15 is Access and Equity in Higher Education: Economic and Social Outcomes of Diversity and Globalisation with subthemes exploring the:

  1. Demographic drivers for engaging disenfranchised parts of the population from different countries;
  2. Factors that affect participation and achievement for the first in families to enrol in university;
  3. Role of English language in access to higher eduction.

In addition, through its Student Mobility Working Group, GHEAR  identifies ways in which WUN might offer sustained models for under- and postgraduate student interaction and exchange, drawing on best practice from existing study abroad, Research Mobility Programme (RMP) and exchange agreements.


Universities 2030: Learning from the Past to Anticipate the Future

In 2013, WUN commissioned reports that would help shape university leaders' thinking on the future of higher education. In response, Professor Adam Nelson from the University of Wisconsin-Madison convened a group of leading historians from around the world to consider how universities in the past had responded to major periods of change. The report, produced with significant assistance from Nick Strohl, identifies key moments in the internationalization of higher education: moments when universities responded to new historical circumstances by reorienting their relationship with the broader world.

Download: Universities 2030: Learning from the Past to Anticipate the Future


WUN student perspectives on higher education in 2030

Students from around WUN talk about their vision of universities in 2030.