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WTUN News Roundup – April 2024

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


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Women’s University in Africa, Zimbabwe

  • WUA, in partnership with the US Embassy Zimbabwe, hosted a leadership seminar on ‘Women Leading Globally: A Conversation About Leadership’. Watch the full seminar here.


King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand

Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan

  • SIT researchers find that giving a blended antioxidant supplement to aged mice improves their cognition and memory, alongside spatial cognition and muscle durability. Antioxidants are known for reducing oxidative stress and prevent age-related health decline. The findings suggest that blended antioxidant supplements could be a promising dietary intervention for age-related health issues. Read the full story here.

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

  • Professor Yun-Shang Chiou, a sustainable architect at Taiwan Tech, sits down and discusses his take on cultural preservation and revitalising rural communities to deliver sustainable architecture. Professor Chiou discusses the most pressing challenges for sustainable architecture, sharing his approach which focuses on two main components, ‘people and materials’. Read the full story here.

North America:

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

  • SAIT’s Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) is joining NATO’s Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) network to provide expertise in materials science, advanced manufacturing, robotics and automation. As one of two test centres in Alberta, the initiative will provide services to support start-ups and entrepreneurs. Read the full story here.


Atlantic Technological University, Ireland

  • ATU launches projects which turn to nature to tackle 21st century issues:
    • ATU, in partnership with Dublin City University, launches a project looking at marine microorganisms to improve health and wellbeing. The project focuses on microorganisms such as bacteria and the diverse chemicals found in plants and fungi. The marine environment and it’s pharmacological properties ‘hold immense potential to benefit human health’. Read the full story here.
    • The SCORE (Smart Control of the Climate Resilience in European Coastal Cities) Project, led by ATU, is aiming to incorporate citizen science into efforts to monitor coastal areas. Citizens can deposit ‘Smart Pebbles’ on beaches which will be 3D scanned and tracked over time to monitor shoreline variations and beach morphology. Read the full story here.
  • ATU launches a free course aimed at the construction industry providing an introduction to lean construction principles, a basic understanding of the methodologies and best practices to improve efficiency, reduce waste and boost productivity in construction projects. The program includes modules such as ‘Construction Waste’ and ‘Lean Management’ and include formats such as video lectures, industry-based interviews and quizzes. Read the full story here.

University of Bradford, United Kingdom

  • UOB is hosting an ‘AI Industry Forum’ on Friday 17 May. This year’s theme for the forum is ‘Frontiers of AI Applications’ and will cover three themes; AI for Sustainability & Communities; AI for Innovation; AI & Ethics. The forum is open to national and international partners of the university, local authorities, SMEs and alumni. Find out more here.
  • UOB academic, Dr Colins Imoh, visits Atlantic Technological University. During this visit Dr Imoh gave a public lecture to ATU students and developed next steps to work on a collaborative research project with ATU researchers. Read the full story here.


University of Newcastle, Australia

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