The WUN Workshops and AGM 2017 – a flagship of our annual calendar – will be held from 3-5 May 2017 in New York City. This is a particularly important AGM for the Worldwide Universities Network.

We have recently launched a fundamental review of the Network to transition us from our 2014-17 to 2017-20 strategic plans. Meetings in New York will distill the input from all groups to form a fit-for-purpose strategic plan that carries WUN into the next decade. This is an opportunity to facilitate a focused discussion within and among all the groups represented in WUN.

Side meeting opportunities

We will also take advantage of being in New York City, home of the United Nations General Assembly, many major funding agencies and civil society organisations.  We have invited senior representatives from the UN and funding agencies to the Presidents Forum.

Several universities have also indicated that they will hold associated events, such as alumni receptions and fundraising meetings, as part of their visit to New York.


Allied academic workshops in Global Higher Education and Research (1-2 May), Heritage (30 April-1 May) and Data (1-2 May) are organised at member university UMass Amherst and the Institute of International Education in New York. The in-FLAME annual workshop will be held 3-5 May at the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel in New York.

We encourage a high level of participation from the Partnership Board, Global Challenge steering Groups members, our Academic Advisory Group, Coordinators, and leading researchers at the AGM events in New York City.  This will maximize the impact of AGM 2017, build critical teamwork across the network, spark new international funding and research collaborations, and lay the groundwork for our next three-year strategic plan.


New York City
WUN has secured a very special rate of USD 219 + tax per night at the conference hotel ONE UN New York. Rates apply for 2-6 May, are inclusive of WIFI, and are limited to the first 80 rooms.

Located just next to the United Nations in Manhattan, this is an extremely low rate for a hotel of its class in New York City. All AGM business meetings will take place within this hotel, except for the Presidents Forum which will be held at the Institute of International Education, only a two minute walk away.

Participants should make their reservations directly with the hotel. Please contact us to request the link to secure your special rate booking.

50 rooms have been reserved for 28 April – 3 May at Hotel UMass. Please contact the hotel before 31 March and request a room using the following code: CHS17C

The cost per room is $140 plus fees. Rooms may be available at this rate after March 31, but they are not guaranteed to be available.

Hotel UMass contact details
Email, phone (877) 822-2110 or use the online contact form.

Key Dates

Academic Workshops

30 April-1 May WUN Heritage Workshop The Role of Heritage in Migration and Displacement
Chair: Professor Elizabeth Chilton
Location: University of Massachusetts Amherst
View day-to-day schedule
1-2 May  WUN GHEAR Workshop Sustainable Development Goals for Higher Education
Chair: Professor Joe Berger
Location: University of Massachusetts Amherst
1-2 May Wellness Data for Healthy Societies
Chair: Dr Jane Gatewood
Location: Institute of International Education in New York
3-5 May WUN in-FLAME Workshop
Chair: Prof Susan Prescott
Location: Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel in New York

Global Challenge Steering Group Meetings

1-2 May Global Higher Education and Research Steering Group Meeting
Location: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Time TBA (to be held in conjunction with GHEAR academic workshop)
3 May Understanding Cultures Steering Group Meeting
Location: hotel ONE UN New York
Between 12 – 2 pm, lunch will be served in breakout room
3 May Public Health Steering Group Meeting
Location: hotel ONE UN New York
Between 12 – 2 pm, lunch will be served in breakout room
3 May Responding to Climate Change Steering Group Meeting
Location: hotel ONE UN New York
Between 12 – 2 pm, lunch will be served in breakout room

3 May 2017: WUN Strategic Plan & Governance Meetings

Agenda: Fundamental review of WUN in preparation for the Strategic Plan 2017-20


09.00 Strategic review – Context and overview
Professor Joseph Sung and Professor John Hearn
09.30  Presentations and Discussion


  1. Global Challenge Group Reports
  2. Reports from Partnership Board Steering Group (Working Group)
  3. Global Challenges and Sustainable Development Goals – Professor David Hogg
  4. Education and Mobility – Professor Martin Paul and Professor Peter Lennie
11.00  Coffee break
11.20 Presentations and Discussion

  1. Reports from Partnership Board Steering Group (Working Group) continued
  2. Enabling Cores/Cross-cutting Themes – Professor John Hearn
  3. Engagement, Visability and Impact – Professor Joseph Sung and Professor John Hearn
12.30 Lunch
Public Health and Responding to Climate Change Steering Groups will meet as a working lunch during this time. Understanding Cultures and GHEAR Steering Groups will meet alongside their workshops in Amherst
14.00 Breakout Sessions: (i) Global Challenges and alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals; (ii) Education and Mobility; (iii) Enabling Cores supporting global challenges, (iv) Engagement, Visibility and Impact
15.30 Coffee Break
16.00 Plenary: Reporting Session
17.30 End of Session
18.30 Opening Reception and Working Dinners (PB, AAG and GC Chairs and Enabling theme leaders; Coordinators)

4 May 2017: WUN Strategic Plan & Governance Meetings & AGM

09.00 WUN Highlights for sustainable programs (speakers TBC – 10 minutes each)
10.00 Partnership Board, AAG, and Coordinators Individual Governance Group Meetings
12.30 Lunch with optional breakout session on Mobility (Dr Jane Gatewood and Dr Susie Jim)
14.00 Governance Meetings Roundup Session
15.00 Coffee Break
15.30 Plenary: Reporting Session
16.30 AGM
17.30 End of session
18.30 for
19.00 start
WUN Annual Conference Dinner (includes guests from international agencies)

5 May 2017: Presidents Forum on Higher Education and the Sustainable Development Goals    

Program: please view draft program for details
Location: ONE UN New York
Time: 9 am – 5 pm

Background Papers: A selected set of 5-6 highly relevant and evidence based reference papers will be circulated to provide a platform for discussions and outcomes. If you wish to recommend such a paper for inclusion, please let us know via, cc and send it, or the link, to us as an email attachment by 15 March 2017.

Forum: Speakers and panellists are asked for a 200-word abstract of their message, and a 200-word biography, to be received by close Friday 17 March 2017 to be included in the program.


The venue for the 2017 WUN Conference & AGM is hotel ONE UN New York including the Welcome Reception & Dinner (3 May) and the Conference Dinner (4 May).

The WUN Heritage Workshop (30 April-1 May) and the WUN GHEAR Workshop (1-2 May) will take place at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 50 rooms have been reserved for 28 April – 3 May at Hotel UMass. Please contact the hotel before 31 March and request a room using the following code: CHS17C

The Presidents’ Forum on 5 May will take place at the Institute of International Education, a 2-minute walk from ONE UN New York.

Getting there and away 

New York City

Please see this website for 9 ways to get from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to ONE UN New York (including estimated costs). With you can make reservations with local shuttle providers such as SuperShuttle, GO! Airport Shuttle and more.

A taxi ride from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to ONE UN New York – Millennium will take around 21 minutes (depending on traffic). One-Way from: $55 – $70 USD.


The closest airport to UMass Amherst is Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut. Please note that Bradley has limited international flights (Dublin, Montreal, Toronto, and Caribbean). However, if a person has a connection in the US, they could get a flight to Bradley from another US airport.

Attendees may want to purchase what is termed an “open jaw” ticket — for instance, flying into Boston or Bradley and then out of NYC.

Travel from/to Airports

From Hartford Bradley, Boston Logan, or NYC JFK airports, Hotel UMass recommends you take Valley Transporter.

Other options include:

  • UMass Amherst “meet and greet” service — pick up/drop off to Bradley Airport, and  Boston Local or NYC (JFK) airports (as well as to train statins or bus stations, if desired).
  • A bus could be chartered (please see this list of coach services).
  • There are public transport options including Peter Pan Bus Service and Amtrak Train Service. However, this would require the additional step of getting from the airport to the bus/train station, and then being picked up from the bus/train station.

Visa requirements

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business (visitor visa purposes) for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

Please check your visa requirements at the ESTA website and if you are a VWP traveler please don’t forget that you are required to apply for authorization though the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

Please note that recent travel to US embargoed countries can also be relevant for your visa requirements. Please contact Dr. Mike Hasenmueller, General Manager for advice.

If you are not eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and you need to obtain a visa, please let us know as soon as possible to allow enough time to organise a visa letter for you.

If you have any questions about this process please email us for support.

Visiting New York

The Big Apple with its iconic sights, broadway musicals, world-class museums, and urban buzz will fill your calendar with reasons to love New York, the city that never sleeps. View this page at the hotel’s website for local things to do. 


Check this website regularly for more information as it becomes available.


We look forward to seeing you in New York City!


Please register for the AGM (Global Challenge Steering Group meetings and Presidents Forum), academic workshops and the conference dinner via this link. You will have received the code for this closed event via email.

Please register separately via this link for the WUN in-FLAME workshop.

23 May
  • Welcome to Country
  • Overview and goal setting for day
  • Strategic Plan implementation update:  Research, & Enabling Cores;  Education/Mobility
  • Global Challenge Group Meetings
  • Plenary Session:  Global Challenge Reporting; Discussion on cross-GC synergies/opportunities; Engagement with China, Africa and Policy groups
23 May
  • Welcome Reception
  • Governance Group (Partnership Board, Academic Advisory Group, Coordinators) Working Dinners

          Reception Location: The University Club of Western Australia
Working Dinners Location: Pan Pacific Hotel

24 May
  • Goal setting for the day
  • Strategic Plan implementation update:  Engagement – Profile and Partnerships
  • Governance Group Meetings (Partnership Board, Academic Advisory Group, Coordinators)
  • AGM Plenary Session
24 May
Conference Dinner
Location: Governance House, Perth CB