Knowledge Partnerships

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is the world's oldest international university network and has over 500 member institutions in developed and developing countries across the Commonwealth. Drawing on the collective experience and expertise of our membership, the ACU seeks to address issues in international higher education through a range of projects, networks, and events.  

WUN has ten Commonwealth universities and cooperates with ACU on strategy, joint workshops and scholarships.


The Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) is a group of leading universities in Australia and Africa, connecting researchers and academics through institutional partnerships in order to address challenges facing both continents. AAUN fosters the growing relationship between Australia and Africa by building on current educational links between the continents.

Through its Global Africa Group, WUN works closely with the AAUN on issues of importance to Africa including natural resources & management, climate change & adaptation, governance & sustainable development, mining & industry policies, and gender.


The British Council was founded to create a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and the wider world.  The British Countil works in over 100 countries, connecting millions of people with the United Kingdom through programmes and services in the English language, the Arts, Education and Society. In these ways, the British Council builds links between UK people and institutions and those around the world, helping to create trust and lay foundations for prosperity and security around the world. 

WUN partners in Global Higher Education strategy,  the annual Going Global Conference and on committee membership.


 

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is an independent not-for-profit founded in 1919 and is among the world's largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. IIE’s mission is to advance international education and access to education worldwide. Part of the IIE vision is for educational, cultural and professional opportunities to transcend borders to foster a peaceful and interconnected world where all people achieve their full potential; think and act as global citizens; and build inclusive, thriving communities. IIE is committed to delivering program excellence to a diverse range of participants, sponsors, and donors. 

WUN is a member of the Institute of International Education. 


 

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

With 162 member states and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

WUN is establishing exchange research fellowships and internships for research in international data analysis on Migration.



The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) works to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. The OECD works with governments, business, labour and civil society organisations to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change and measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment. 

WUN is a Friend of the OECD Forum and participates regularly in OECD events.


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an official body of the United Nations. It was formed out of an international environmental treaty negotiated at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The UNFCCC objective is to "stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with global climate". It is viewed as the peak global body tasked with agreeing and monitoring international efforts at reducing greenhouse gas emmissions and limiting man-made climate change. Almost all countries are party to the to UNFCCC, along with a number of influential non-government organisations.

WUN has official observer organisation status of the UNFCCC. A WUN delegation participated in the UNFCCC COP21 Conference held in Paris in late 2015. 


The World Health Organization (WHO) was founded in 1948 and plays a primary role in directing and coordinating international health within the United Nations’ system. WHO focusses on areas of health systems, promoting health through the life-course, non-communicable diseases, communicable diseases, corporate services and preparedness, surveillance and response. 

WUN has joint research programs in Adolescent, Maternal and Child Health, the Non-Communicable Diseases and SDGs.