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 2015-16 

The research theme for 2015-16 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 education.

Steering Group

The GHEAR Global Challenge Steering Group is made up of experts in the field from across the network. The Steering Group is responsible for guiding the development, focus and research portfolio of the global challenge. 

Global Challenge Chair: Professor Joe BergerAssociate Dean for Research and Engagement, College of Education, The University of Massachusetts Amherst -

For more information, contact: Amanda Kimball -  

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.