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WTUN News Roundup – June 2024

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


WTUN News:

  • We have announced this year’s winners of the Student Competition. The winning teams were from Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Atlantic Technological University, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology and Thaksin University. You can view the winning presentations in our announcement. Read the announcement here.
  • The recipients of the 2023-24 Exchange Programme have now been announced. We have awarded £2,000 to 18 recipients under a range of topics from renewable energy, gender equality, international collaboration, good health and well-being, and more. You can view all of the awarded proposals here.
  • Learn more about our member, Majan University College, in the first of our Member in the Spotlight posts. View the article here.

WTUN Members ONLY:

  • The WTUN will mark International Women in Engineering Day 2024 on Wednesday 26th June at 2pm (GMT +1). This year’s INWED theme is ‘Enhanced by Engineering’.  Register now to attend the live webinar.

News from our Members:


Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

North America:

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

  • SAIT announces a new Campus Centre following a $30 million gift from the Taylor Family Foundation. The new Taylor Family Campus Centre will focus on student wellness and building community at the institution. Plans include wellness facilities, health clinics, conference and event space, an arena, gymnasium, running track, and fitness centre. Read the full story here.

South America:

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

  • ‘Safe Care Computer Program: serious game’ has been registered with the National Institute of Industrial Property. The game belongs to UFRN and is designed to support teachers in expanding their teaching strategies on the subject of patient safety. The game provides educators and learners with the a safe, fun and immersive enviornment to expand knowledge on topics such as improving medication safety, safe surgery, and effective communication. Read the full story here.


Atlantic Technological University, Ireland

  • ATU launches a new undergraduate degree in Outdoor and Environmental Education with three awards: BA in Outdoor Education, BA in Geography and Outdoor Education, BA in Outdoor Education with Therapeutic Applications. the programme emphasises stewardship and care for the natural world with experiential and place-based learning, and the therapeutic benefits of the outdoors. Read the full story here.
  • Donegal Daily, a local newspaper, has reported on ATU’s student success in the WTUN Student Competition. ATU’s team, ‘PhosLumina’ placed second, developing a user-friendly solution to monitor orthophosphate levels in water bodies, benefitting ocean users and communities near water bodies. Read the full article here.

University of Bradford, United Kingdom

  • Dr Behruz Khaghani, is spinning nano-fibres from every day kitchen spices in the biomedical and tissue engineering laboratory at the University of Bradford to create advanced wound dressings. These wound dressings have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, derived from the plant extracts used, and could be used to treat a range of conditions including diabetic ulcers. Read the full story here.
  • A £125k award from the Academy of Medical Sciences to Dr Karthic Swaminathan will fund his research to gain a better understanding of the metastasis (spread) of malignant melanomas (cancers). Dr Swaminathan’s current work involves ‘tagging’ cancer cells and watching them as they spread to support the development of new treatments. Read the full story here.


University of Newcastle, Australia

  • The Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) is running a program which aims to move innovative technologies out of the lab and into global manufacturing. The program provides access to funding, research teams, facilities and specialist equipment and business growth advice and support. A current project with EM Energy looks at producing green hydrogen from waste. Read the full story here.
  • A new study at UON looks at whether the drug azithromycin, a form of antibiotic, would put moderate to sever asthma into remission. The findings so far were ‘very promising’, and achieving remission for asthma would have huge and economic impacts, eliminating the the need for risky drugs like corticosteroids. Read the full story here.

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