Category: Members’ Experiences

We particularly appreciate this network because of its emphasis on technology

Coventry University joined the World Technology Universities Network about two years ago. We particularly appreciate this network because of its emphasis on technology to solve real world challenges, the commitment to the UN SDGs and the tightly focussed, committed membership.  The latter making it very easy to reach out to other members and receive a prompt and engaging response (unlike many larger networks). The congress in Chennai last year and the programme of exchanges are two highlights of the network and have been very beneficial for Coventry in building relationships with a number of international universities.

Of course, any network membership is only as useful as the effort you put into it. Active engagement in the Operational Board is key as is that commitment to responding to other network members.

— Joanne Dobson, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Coventry University

WTUN’s goals seem to be aligned with our policy in many ways

Suranaree University of Technology is a university that puts an emphasis on science, technology and engineering with an aim of engaging with other universities around the globe.  World Technology Universities Network (WTUN) provides such opportunity for us to link with other institutions that share the same focus.  Furthermore, WTUN’s goals seem to be aligned with our policy in many ways, especially in improving the quality of education for the next generation of citizens in order to equip them with necessary knowledge and skills to survive through many challenges in the 21st Century.

In just about a year that we have been a part of WTUN, our university has been able to connect and have concrete collaborations with other members of the network, specifically in the area of incorporating entrepreneurship mindset into our education system.  In addition to that, collaborations in other areas such as information technology and data science have also been discussed.  WTUN will also provide a grant for its members for which we will definitely apply, so that we can continue the work on the mentioned areas.

I would really like to thank WTUN for providing such terrific support since we became a member.  I am sure that with us working together, we will be able to accomplish what we all hope for in the future.

— Sirichok Jungthawan, Director of Centre for International Affairs, Suranaree University of Technology

Being active at WTUN supports the building of our international reputation

We decided to join the World Technology Universities Network to strengthen its international collaborations in the longer perspective. It was important for us to find likeminded universities that are interested to boost their international collaborations. The network conference provides an important platform for mutual discussions among the university leaders and a channel for creating active bilateral relationships.

Equally important are the joint mobility activities and in general all the activities that boost the hands on collaborations of our teachers and researchers. We see that being active at WTUN supports the building of our international reputation and in the longer term brings benefits for the quality of our education and research as a whole.

— Ilkka Virtanen, International Relations Manager, University of Tampere

Joining the WTUN enables us to partner with over 20 like-minded universities

The University of Africa, Toru-Orua (UAT), Nigeria was also established in 2016. Its research focus includes biotechnology applications for food production nutrition security and health, engineering and operations, renewable and non-renewable energy systems, environmental remediation and conservation, oil and gas industry and digitised linguistics. Other areas include applied research leading to enterprise development and entrepreneurship.

The WTUN’s objectives are consistent with those of UAT which are to carry out needs driven research for innovation and development and tackle major challenges such as poverty, climate change and pollution. As a new institution, joining the WTUN enables us to partner with over 20 like-minded universities, drawing on their combined expertise to achieve our goals in a much shorter timeframe.

In specific terms, UAT intends to undertake joint research and collaboration in areas of mutual interest with other WTUN network members as well as exploring suitable opportunities for staff and student exchanges.

— Godwin Poi, Director of Advancement, Linkages and Entrepreneurship, University of Africa, Toru-Orua

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