Strategic Partnerships

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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.


The UGPN Conference 2019 – 1-3 April North Carolina State University, more information

2018 UGPN Annual Meeting 

The UGPN Annual Conference 2018, was hosted by the University of Surrey, 9th – 11th April. 

The Conference was attended by over 80 delegates including VCs and DVCs (International / Research) from all institutes, and provided a platform for interaction and discussion on a variety of topics,.

Academic workshops on four key research themes included:  

• Digital Innovation & Applications: co-facilitated by UOS and UOW
• Delivering Global Health & Wellbeing: co-facilitated by UOS and NCSU
• Producing a Smarter Planet: co-facilitated by UOS and UOW
• Entrepreneurship & Economic Development: co-facilitated by UOS and NCSU  

A presentation on the Athena Swan Project by UOS and UOW was also delivered.

The workshops generated several solid quadrilateral research proposals, which will form the basis of applications to the Research Collaboration Fund. The UOW research delegation was led by Professors Wellings and Raper and included 19 researchers from several faculties, centres and divisions: Karen Charlton, Jane Herbert, Michelle Townsend, Almeida Shamika, Thomas Astell-Burt, Xiaoqi Feng, Michael Lerch, Nina Reynolds, Glenn Salkeld, Sue Bennett, Robert Gorkin, Martin Gold, Grace McCarthy, Melissa Ryan, Paul Cooper, Pascal Perez, Kate Lindanau, Lisa Ucles and Sally McNeill.

Research Collaboration Fund

Outcomes - 2018

1. Development of organic semiconductors for dosimetry in medical applications (Bilateral; UOW,UOS) – A/Prof Marco Petasecca, Prof Michael Lerch
2. iAccelerate/E-Clinic collaborate data program: building longitudinal data for research and program management (Bilateral; UOW,NSCU Melissa Ryan, John Kerr
3. Transformative experiences in developing digital literacy (Bilateral; UOW, UOS) Prof Sue Bennett
4. Tackling e-Learning and bioinformatics applications with surrogate-assisted evolutionary computation (Bilateral; UOW,UOS)– Prof Jun Shen
5. Global database for blow flies of forensic, agricultural and medical importance (Bilateral; UOW,NSCU, USP) Prof James Wallman, Prof Mark Dowton
6. Healthy living for healthy ageing- A global focus (Quadrilateral) A/Prof Karen Charlton
7. Healthy brain ageing: influence of cardiovascular risk factors and their interaction with sleep (Bilateral; USP,UOS) Dr Simon Evans
8. The analysis and occurrence of plastic microfibres in sewage sludge and soil (Bilateral; NCSU,UOS) Dr Tom Bond
9. Bringing environmental quality and new life to city centers of emerging economies in a changing climate ‐ The case of São Paulo (Bilateral; USP, NCSU) Dr Ranny Loureiro Xavier Nascimento Michalski
10. Novel Quantum Phenomena towards a New Generation of Thermoelectric Materials for Energy Harvesting (Trilateral; NCSU, UOS, USP) Prof Julio Antonio Larrea Jimenez

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

More information

UOW Major Research Initiatives Officer, Sally McNeill.

Last reviewed: 2 April, 2019