Program of Events

Please download the Program of Events (PDF) This program includes a welcome letter & session descriptions including times and meeting spaces.

The WUN AGM 2017 and Presidents Forum will be held on 3-5 May 2017 at Hotel ONE UN New York. All sessions and dinners will take place at this venue. Please view the Program of Events (above) for details. 

NOTE: The entrance to One UN Hotel, which is given as First Avenue, is about 100 metres up East 44th Street. Please use One United Nations Plaza, 44th Street, Midtown East, New York for navigation. 

For those attending the WUN academic workshops in Amherst (Heritage and Global Higher Education and Research) or in New York (Wellness Data for Healthy Societies and the WUN in-FLAME annual workshop) please consult the Event Page for information and contact details, or click the direct links in the schedule below. 

Academic Workshops

30 April-1 May

WUN Heritage Workshop The Role of Heritage in Migration and Displacement
Location: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Chair: Professor Elizabeth Chilton
View day-to-day schedule

1-2 May  WUN GHEAR Workshop Sustainable Development Goals for Higher Education
Location: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Chair: Professor Joe Berger
1-2 May

Wellness Data for Healthy Societies 
Location: Institute of International Education in New York
Chair and organisation: Dr Jane Gatewood
View day-to-day schedule 

3-5 May WUN in-FLAME Workshop
Location: Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel in New York
Chair: Prof Susan Prescott
View Final Program 

Global Challenge Steering Group Meetings 

1-2 May 

Global Higher Education and Research Steering Group Meeting
Location: University of Massachusetts Amherst
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

3-5 May WUN AGM 2017 Location: ONE UN New York

3 May 2017: WUN Strategic Plan & Governance Meetings

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


Strategic review - Context and overview
Professor Joseph Sung and Professor John Hearn



Recommendations from Partnership Board Steering Group

Research - Professor David Hogg
Comments: Global Challenge Chairs

Cross-cutting themesProfessor John Hearn
Comments: Cross-Cutting Theme Chairs


Coffee break

11.30 Recommendations from the Partnership Board Steering Group continued

- Professor Peter Lennie/Professor Martin Paul 
Comments:  Postgraduate (RMP) - Dr Susan Jim
                    Undergraduate - Dr Jane Gatewood

Engagement Professor Joseph Sung and Professor John Hearn
Knowledge Partnerships 
Communications and Media

Public Health, Understanding Cultures and Responding to Climate Change Steering Groups will meet as a working lunch during this time

Notes: The GHEAR Steering Group will meet alongside their workshop in Amherst.
            For Understanding Cultures Steering Group members attending the Heritage workshop in Amherst, a focused meeting will also take place there                      to summarise input from the workshop into this Steering Group meeting in New York. 


Breakout Sessions: 

  1. Global Challenges and alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals: 
    How do WUN Global Challenges align to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?  (particularly Goals 3, 4, 10 and 13)

  2. Education and Mobility: 
    How can WUN build on postgraduate and early career researcher mobility programs; and introduce undergraduate mobility and exchange?

  3. Enabling Cores (Cross-cutting Themes) supporting global challenges: 
    How can optimal critical mass be achieved across WUN and with the Global Challenges through these cores?

  4. Engagement, Visibility and Impact: 
    How can WUN further raise its profile and reputation for member benefit?
15.30 Coffee Break
16.00 Plenary: Reporting Session (Chairs of breakout sessions report to assembly)
17.30 End of Session
18.30 Opening Reception and Working Dinners (PB, AAG and GC Chairs and Cross-cutting theme leaders; Coordinators)

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


WUN example highlights of sustainable IRG programs (speakers TBC - 10 minutes each)


Partnership Board, AAG, and Coordinators Individual Governance Group Meetings 




Governance Meetings Roundup Session

15.00 Coffee Break
15.30 Plenary: Reporting Session (Chairs of Governance Groups report to assembly on behalf of each group)
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 the event page for up-to-date information                     
Location: ONE UN New York
Time: 08.30 am - 16.45 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 contact Professor John Hearn at, cc 

Forum: Speakers and panellists are asked for a 200-word abstract of their message, and a 200-word biography to be included in the program.