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Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)

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A growing alliance that aims to give University researchers global reach

The Worldwide Universities Network is a partnership of research-led universities from Europe, North American, South East Asia, and Australia. At Penn State, researchers in the following areas are part of the WUN: oceanography and climatology; materials science and engineering; public policy; globalization and the geography of the new world; acoustics; bioinformatics; digital libraries; and outreach and education.

About the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)

The WUN is an international partnership of leading higher education institutions. WUN builds on its partners committment to research quality and innovation in order to develop significant research-led collaborations in rapidly developing, interdisciplinary, areas of global significance—this includes providing support for student and faculty exchange within the alliance and with corporate partners. In addition, the partners are working together to deliver graduate level distributed learning. By sharing learning materials, pooling expertise, and developing frameworks for quality assurance and accreditation, the alliance will enhance student choice and pedagogical effectiveness.

Penn State WUN contacts

WUN Academic Advisory Group (AAG) Representative: Dave Richardson, Interim Director of Strategic Initiatives

WUN Coordinator: Coleen Hynoski, Penn State Office of Global Programs

Any WUN questions specific to Penn State should be directed to

All visa questions for WUN exchange students and faculty coming to  Penn State from outside the U.S. should be directed to Masume Assaf (, director of International Student Advising in the University Office of Global Programs, 410 Boucke Building.  (View Graduate School Policy on Graduate Research/Study Abroad)