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WTUN News Roundup – February 2024

Welcome to this month’s roundup of the stories, updates and events happening across the World Technology Universities Network.

 

WTUN News:

  • Join us for the next in our Exchange Speaker Series! Thursday 15 February at 12:00 GMT Dr Fernando Camargo from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte will share details of his exchange visit to University of Bradford. Full details here.

WTUN Members ONLY:

  • We are building a programme of events coinciding with UNESCO’s World Engineering Day. A call for speakers is now live. We invite you to contact us if you are an academic at one of our member institutions and would like to speak at either of our proposed sessions, or suggest a session of your own. Our current sessions include:
    • A knowledge sharing session focused on projects, initiatives, and work to increase participation in STEM from underrepresented groups. Read more here.
    • A session on Latest Developments in Energy Storage and Conversion, led by Dr Christina Toigo, from University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria Read more here.
  • To suggest your own session, please email wtun@bradford.ac.uk.

Member Institution News:

Asia:

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

  • Taiwan Tech publishes their newsletter showcasing their latest news and updates. This issue’s stories include the launch of a Master’s Program in Cybersecurity in collaboration with industry partners and their Centre of General Education’s progress in shaping curriculum aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Read more here.

Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan

  • Back in December 2023, the ‘IRCGE Green Energy Workshop’ was held at SIT. The workshop, organised by Mele lab and endorsed by the International Research Centre for Green Electronics (IRCGE), was attended by eminent scientists from Japan and overseas to present research on advanced materials and the sustainable energy solutions they enable. Read more here.

Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand

  • In collaboration with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Sufficiency Economy Philosophy for Sustainability (SEAMEO-SEPS), SUT held the opening session for the 2024 Southeast Asian Youth Camp on Sustainable Development Goals. 56 participants from 11 schools attended from a host of countries such as Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Laos. The camp employs a design thinking approach, emphasising empathy, creative problem-solving and collaboration to inspire learners to integrate Sufficiency Economy Philosophy into school routines. Read more here.

Thaksin University, Thailand

  • Thaksin publishes UTM ENGAGE Magazine, which highlights the success of their current academics and staff. Featured stories include work on river conservation, restoration and preservation within the region. Read more here.

Europe:

Atlantic Technological University, Ireland

  • ATU launches its Biomass Heat Centre (BHC) and district heating network, showcasing its commitment to sustainability, renewable energy and carbon reduction. Read more here.
  • ATU secures €19.6 million in funding through the TU Rise programme which aims to establish, equip and staff research and innovation offices to foster engagement with local and regional industry. Read more here.

Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, Germany

  • Hamm-Lippstadt receive €1.5 million to generate solutions for sustainable industrial parks. The funding will allow academics to explore what modern industrial spaces should look like and how they should be planned to focus on space-saving and climate-resilient planning and construction in conjunction with climate-friendly energy supply.. Read more here.

University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria

  • FHOO announce their International Summer Academy in Engineering for Women 2024 with a theme of Empowering Female Engineers. Female Engineering students between 18-25 are invited to apply to the Academy, taking place 9-24 July 2024. Successful applicants will be given the opportunity to broaden their technical and scientific knowledge, explore the impact of technology on future societies and network and connect with peers across the world. Read more here.

University of Bradford, United Kingdom

  • UoB’s School of Management takes on a key role in testing the viability of a 6G network as part of a €13 million EU-funded trial. The university will analyse the use of 6G in test cases across themes of health, smart cities, farming, and education to consider the efficacy and the socio-economic impacts of 6G use, Read more here.

Australia:

University of Newcastle, Australia

  • UoN’s Hunter Cleantech Accelerator has been awarded $438,000 AUD to support the programme in offering opportunity to tech-enabled entrepreneurs across the sectors of clean energy, clean water, recycling and waste, supply chain, built environment, air quality, and transportation. The programme provides them with the opportunity to bring products to market and foster local innovators. Read more here.

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Denise Whitehead
Email: wtun@bradford.ac.uk

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