Author: Denise Whitehead

WTUN MEMBERS IN THE PRESS- Investing in University Enterprise Zones Could Contribute to Government Goals

The University of Bradford’s Digital Health Enterprise Zone was cited as a case study looking at University Enterprise Zones in a recent publication by Universities UK

“…the Digital Health Enterprise Zone (DHEZ) in Bradford, which has trained adult care workers in the latest digital healthcare tech, provided experiential learning for students and hosted vaccine trials in the height of the pandemic. This is a model for how UEZs can help the UK tackle skills shortages in healthcare, and with its focus on AI developments, the UEZ feeds into the government’s ambition for the UK to become a science and technology superpower by 2030.

“The Digital Health Enterprise Zone has brought together local healthcare workers, researchers and SMEs in Bradford, with the shared goal of revolutionising healthcare to improve and save lives.  

“We are especially proud of our DHEZ’s role in the pandemic response. Over 700 people volunteered to take part in the Novavax trials which transformed the way we support patients recovering from COVID today and proved the impact of working collaboratively. Our DHEZ is an evergreen solution to growth in Bradford. We hope that the businesses the DHEZ has fostered will go on to share their knowledge and experience with future businesses.”

Professor Liz Breen DHEZ Director at the University of Bradford”

WTUN Collaborates with ATU-Net for World Engineering Day 2023

The World Technology Universities Network is pleased to collaborate with Asia Technological University Network (ATU-Net) for ATU-Net World Engineering Day 2023 (ATU-Net WED 2023)

Hosted by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), ATU-Net WED 2023 highlights the theme “Celebrating Engineers: Towards Sustainable Innovation in Engineering”, which will feature a sharing session by prominent speakers of member universities from both Networks.

Details of the programme are as follows:

Date: 6 March 2023 (Monday)
Time: 16:00 – 17:30 (UTC+8) / 08:00 – 09:30 (UTC+0)
Mode: Virtual on Zoom and Facebook Live (ATU-Net)
Fee: Free of Charge
Registration Link:
Registration Deadline: 3rd March 2023 (Friday)

ATU-Net WED 2023 is designed in conjunction with the World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development which is celebrated every 4th March beginning in 2020, proclaimed by UNESCO at its 40th General Conference in 2019. As an international alliance which focuses on Engineering and Technology, ATU-Net takes pride in recognising and honouring the valuable contribution of all excellent engineers of ATU-Net member institutions and beyond in advocating sustainable innovation in engineering for our next generation.

Participants of this event will be provided with an e-certificate at the end of the programme.

Should you have any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the secretariat at

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Two new members join the World Technology Universities Network

The World Technology Universities Network are pleased to announce two universities from Oman and Thailand have officially joined the Network.

The new members are Majan University College, Oman and Thaksin University, Thailand. 

Majan University College was established in 1995 as the first private sector College in Oman, and has continued to be at the forefront of higher education in the Sultanate ever since. In December 2017, Majan achieved full institutional accreditation from the Oman Authority for  Academic Accreditation and Quality Assurance of Education (OAAAQA), and maintained its reputation as a trailblazer by being the first higher education institution in the country to do so. 

“In light of 21st century challenges, technology and innovation are central to Oman’s Vision 2040 and MUC is delighted to have the opportunity to engage productively with universities across the world through the WTUN network to help in its efforts to support this vision. Data science and cybersecurity are growth areas for our research and we look forward to engaging with other members in these areas in particular” Dr Maha Kobeil, Dean and CEO, Mahan University College

Thaksin University was one of the first higher education institutes in the south of Thailand, initially called the College of Education, initiated by the Ministry of Education. This college replaced the High Teacher Training at Prasarnmitra Road, Phrakhanong District, Phranakorn, in 1954. It was established under the goals to develop a philosophy and modern educational concepts in association with a democratic society, including the in-depth development of education as a systematic career, respectively, to provide a degree in education. Thaksin University logo. Blue and grey on white background

Unfortunately, colleagues from MUC were unable to join us in-person at WTUC2022 in Thailand.




WTUN Webinar: Prescriptive Analytics and Industrial AI: Only those who know the past and understand the present can shape the future

Thursday 16 March 11.00 to 12.00 UTC

Prescriptive Analytics and Industrial AI: Only those who know the past and understand the present can shape the future

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Artificial intelligence has been used for decades – sometimes more, sometimes less prominently – as an umbrella term for a variety of underlying methods and approaches. Especially in recent years, we observe an increasing importance and impact of AI technologies in many areas of life due to the amount of available data in terms of quantity and quality in combination with the increasing performance of parallel computer systems has led to a stronger focus on these technologies – especially in the area of machine learning. A discipline that builds on this and is particularly relevant for industrialized regions is prescriptive analytics.

Prescriptive analytics is a cross-sectional topic in a cross-sectional discipline or, in other words, a synergetic hybridization of various methods and algorithms from statistics, computer science, artificial intelligence, mathematics and operations research. Its aim is to provide optimized recommendations for action in various application areas. In this way, knowledge gained in the digital world is brought back to the real world, providing better and more efficient procedures, designs and processes.

About the speaker:
Michael Affenzeller is professor for heuristic optimization and machine learning at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. He graduated in mathematical computer science and did his doctorate and habilitation in computer science with a special focus on applied systems science.

Concerning University administration Michael Affenzeller served as vice-dean for R&D at Hagenberg campus and as the scientific head of the Softwarepark Hagenberg between 2014 and 2022. Since July 2022 he serves as provost of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers in journals and collective volumes.
Bringing together machine learning, simulation-based optimization and meta-heuristics with a special focus on adaptive search in dynamic environments in the context of prescriptive analytics is Michael Affenzellers research focus for the next years.


Photograph of a white man wearing a black suit jacket, white shirt and blue and white striped tieProfessor Peter Scharff, Chair of the World Technology Universities Network, Professor and former Rector of TU Ilmenau will introduce this lecture.





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WTUN Congress 2022 Programme

THE 2022 CONGRESS Programme

Planning for the WTUN Congress 2022 is well underway and we cannot wait to join this year’s hosts, Suranaree University of Technology in welcoming you all to Korat in November.

The programme is almost complete so please take a look at the session and speakers that we have lined up.


WTUN members in the press- New Postgraduate Research Training Programmes (PRTPS) at ATU


PRTPS will produce multi-disciplinary research graduates in two key growth areas – Modelling and Computation for Health and Society (MOCHAS) and Operations and Supply Chain Research (OSCAR).

Director General of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and former chair of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET)’s Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group Professor Philip Nolan officially launched Atlantic Technological University’s new Postgraduate Research Training Programmes (PRTPs) today, Wednesday 28 September, at the ATU Galway campus.

The first two new programmes aim to produce high-level multi-disciplinary research graduates in Modelling and Computation for Health and Society (MOCHAS) and Operations and Supply Chain Research (OSCAR), with 30 scholarships funded in the initial awards. A cohort of PhD scholarships are provided under each programme focused around addressing specific societal and industry challenges.

ATU is establishing these Postgraduate Research Training Programmes in collaboration with external partners in industry and academia. This will equip PRTP graduates with the technical, field-specific skills and transferable skills required to achieve employment in high-value jobs and to adapt to rapidly evolving workplaces. Students joining the programmes will have access to learning environments of research excellence across the campuses of ATU which span the west and north-west of Ireland.

Professor Philip Nolan, Director General, SFI, congratulated ATU on these initiatives: “Science Foundation Ireland is delighted to support the Technological Universities as they continue to build excellence and capacity in research and innovation. That development is very evident today. Atlantic Technological University have demonstrated great initiative and ambition in the design and implementation of their Postgraduate Research Training Programmes.

“ATU’s implementation of PRTPs is informed by international and national developments in relation to doctoral training; industrial and work-based learning; and transferable research skill development. The PRTPs involve designed collaboration between Higher Educational Institutions, private and public enterprises, agencies, and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). This is likely to accelerate the generation of relevant research outcomes and to ensure that these outcomes are adopted and impactful.

“I congratulate ATU for their acute focus on societal challenge, research impact and student opportunity. This approach augurs well for further collaboration between ATU and the SFI Research Centres and Programmes. I wish the Programme teams and PhD Scholars involved in the MOCHAS and OSCAR PRTPs every success.”

Dr Rick Officer, Vice-President for Research and Innovation at ATU Galway-Mayo said the launch is a proud day for ATU as it continues to expand its research activities: “Our Postgraduate Research Training Programmes represent a novel and ambitious initiative for our new university. PRTPs will help to shape the future postgraduate research environment within ATU, and to deliver on our vision for research across key strategic areas critical to our region.

“The two programmes being launched today focus on key challenges of great societal and sectoral importance: operation and supply chain improvement, and the application of computational technologies in medical-care and healthcare.

“In congratulating the teams behind these two programmes I also want to recognise the leaders of our other candidate PRTPs. An independent and international evaluation recognised excellence in eight PRTP proposals and recommended another six PRTPs for funding.”

These two programmes were selected through a competitive application process that was independently and internationally reviewed. Each programme is recruiting a cohort of 15 PhD students who will conduct individual 4-year research programmes in collaboration with partners in higher education, public and private enterprise, government agencies, and non-governmental organisations.

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