University Global Partnership Network

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Addressing issues of global importance


The University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) sets out to create a foundation for international collaboration enabling academics and students from some of the world's top universities to work together on issues of global importance.

The Universidade de São Paulo, North Carolina State University and the University of Surrey are the founding members of the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN).

During November 2015, the UOW accepted an invitation to join the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) as the Australasian member.

Through this network, joint research activities will be developed as well as opportunities for students to undertake study or research placements at partner universities.

2017 UGPN Annual Meeting

The 2017 University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) Annual Meeting was held at the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil from Monday 3 - Wednesday 5 April 2017. The meeting involved an overview of the partnership, updates on current collaborative projects, a visit to the most prestigious state based R&D funding agency in Brazil: FAPESP, and workshops for all attendees to present their work.

The UOW research delegation (led by Professors Judy Raper and Joe Chicharo) presented at the workshops which were aimed to assist in the identification of common research areas and future collaborative projects between the four university partners in the network: University of Wollongong, Universidade de São Paulo, North Carolina State University and the University of Surrey.

The workshops were:

  • Health & Biomedical Related Technologies
  • Early Years Development (co-convened by UOW’s Prof. Tony Okely)
  • Natural Resources: Agriculture & Biomass Production
  • New Materials & Photonics

FAPESP SigningAn exciting development for the UOW during the UGPN meeting was the official signing ceremony between FAPESP and UOW. The UOW is the sixth Australian university in Australia to sign an agreement with the funding agency. The agreement will greatly enhance UOW’s ability to collaborate with USP and UGPN in general. More information.

Applications for the UGPN Research Collaboration Fund have now closed. Further information on the RCF is available on the UOW intranet.

Researchers who made up the UGPN delegation were: Prof. Gursel Alici, Dr Jennifer Atchison, Dr Dylan Cliff , Prof. Andy Davis , Associate Prof. Jane Herbert , Prof. Dianne Jolley, Prof. Roger Lewis Prof. Tony Okely , Prof. Sharon Robinson , Dr Kerrylee Rogers , Prof. Glenn Salkeld, Prof. Colin Woodroffe Dr Rute Santos, Ms Maria Braga Salum De Abreu (PhD student).

Research Collaboration Fund

Outcomes - 2017

In total, ten projects were selected to receive funding - five of which involve UOW:

1. Global priorities in cannabinoid research excellence (Bilateral; UOW, USP) – Prof Nadia Solowij
2. Plant survival in a Changing Climate: understanding the plant defense metabolome (Bilateral; UOW, USP) – Prof Sharon Robinson, Prof Kristine French, Prof Paul Keller, Dr Ben Gooden
3. Resilience and diversity in early childhood development (Quadrilateral) – Prof Jane Herbert, Prof Tony Okely
4. Flexible Functional Nano-Carbon Electrodes for Energy Devices (Trilateral; UOW, UOS, NCSU) – Prof Jun Chen
5. Development and Analysis of Post-quantum Cryptosystems and Their Applications (Trilateral; UOW, UOS, USP) – Prof Willy Susilo
6. Accelerating the discovery and manufacture of antibiotics via microbial engineering (Bilateral; NCSU, UOS) – Prof Gavin Williams
7. Applications of cross-domain visual matching (Bilateral; USP, UOS) – Prof Moacir Antonelli Ponti
8. Novel Transmissions: The Global Novel and the Case of Brazil (Bilateral; UOS, USP) – Prof Bran Nicol
9. Supercritical spray for dual fuel combustion (Bilateral; UOS, NCSU) – Dr Guohong Tian
10. Association of total mineral content and elemental speciation with the healing properties of berries (Trilateral; UOS, NCSU, USP) - Dr Mónica Felipe-Sotelo

Outcomes - 2016

In total, eight projects were selected to receive funding - six of which involve the UOW:

1. Inflammation, advancing age and nutrition (Quadrilateral) - A/Prof. Karen Charlton
2. Advanced Sodium-Ion batteries (Bi-lateral, NCSU-UOW) - Dr Shulei Chou and Dr Wenping Sun

3. Next generation environmental sensing for local to global scale health impact assessment (Quadrilateral) - Dr Clare Murphy and A/Prof. Stephen Wilson
4. Novel anti-biofilm agents in the fight against multi-drug resistant bacterial pathogens (Trilateral, NCSU-Surrey-UOW) - A/Prof. Michael Kelso
6. International alliance for Population, Wellbeing and Environment research (Bilateral, NCSU-UOW) - A/Prof. Thomas Astell-Burt and Dr Xiaoqi Feng
6. Hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets for advanced nanoscale electronics and radiation shielding (Trilateral, NCSU-UOW-Surrey) - Dr Zhenguo Huang

7. Integration of in-vitro and in-silico models for non-animal skin research (Bilateral, Surrey-USP)
8. Whither youth crime (Bilateral, Surrey-USP)

What the UGPN partnership means for UOW

  • Increase our global impact
  • Strengthen our research and teaching collaboration to extend the quality of our programs
  • Greater focus for staff and student mobility

Mission and impact of the UGPN

The mission of the UGPN is to develop sustainable world-class research, education and knowledge transfer through an active international network of selected universities collaborating in research, learning and teaching to benefit our global society.

The depth and breadth of the relationship between UGPN members has continued to expand resulting in a range of new opportunities across academic disciplines.

To date, the UGPN has achieved:

  • A five-fold increase in undergraduate and postgraduate student and staff mobility between the partners
  • Joint research in a range of areas, including sleep, climate change, global public health, and translation resulting in more than 22 research outputs in high-impact journals - 14 of which were published in 2014
  • Applications for collaborative research bids with a value of over one and a half million pounds

The 2016 UGPN annual meeting hosted at UOW

From 29th Feb - 3rd March 2016 key staff from the UGPN visited the UOW for the annual meeting, and to attend customised workshops. It was an opportunity for staff and researchers to connect with our new partners and to learn more about the research programs and opportunities for students. Read More about the Meeting and Workshops

Further UOW related enquiries about the UGPN, contact Vicky Wallace.

Last reviewed: 24 October, 2017