Network partners

International Central Networks and Partnerships Grant map showing places for academic and professional staff to visit our international network and strategic partners.

The University is a member of three international networks of research-led universities — Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), Universitas 21 (U21) and Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). These provide a strong platform for collaborative research for the University.

For more information, please contact Deborah McAllister, International Networks Coordinator.
Email: d.mcallister@auckland.ac.nz
Ext: 85192.

Association of Pacific Rim Universities

Established in 1997 the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is a consortium of 45 leading research universities in the Pacific Rim.

APRU aims to promote scientific, education and cultural dialogue and collaboration among Pacific Rim economies. In its objectives and guiding principles, APRU embodies a commitment to global academic and research standards, and providing the opportunity to member universities to become effective players in the global knowledge economy.

Academic and Professional staff members may apply to International Central Networks and Partnerships Grant (ICNPG) for mobility support to undertake activities with APRU partners.

There are also opportunities for students to attend conferences and summer schools. For further information, visit Auckland Abroad.

Universitas 21

As the only New Zealand member of Universitas 21 (U21), the University of Auckland benefits from an international network of leading research universities in 15 countries that cooperate towards high educational quality and international visibility.

Established in 1997, U21 is capable of achieving the kind of practical outcomes that none of the individual members would be able to achieve independently or through traditional bilateral alliances. The aim of U21 is to facilitate interchange between members. It provides a framework for international collaboration, capitalising on the established reputation and operational reach of each of its members.

Academic and Professional staff members may apply to International Central Networks and Partnerships Grant (ICNPG) for mobility support to undertake activities with APRU partners.

There are also opportunities for students to attend conferences and summer schools. For further information, visit Auckland Abroad.

Worldwide Universities Network

The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) is an international university network focused primarily on research collaboration, postgraduate education and research funding. WUN comprises leading research universities committed to bringing their collective capability to bear on some of the major issues facing humankind. Its mission is to be one of the leading international Higher Education networks, collaborating to accelerate the creation of knowledge and to develop research leaders who will be prepared to address the significant challenges, and opportunities, of our rapidly changing world. The organisation uses the combined resources and intellectual power of its membership to achieve collective international objectives and to stretch international ambitions.

Currently, WUN has over 90 research initiatives in its portfolio. More than 750 research faculty are active in these initiatives with many more taking part in conferences, workshops and virtual seminars.

Many of WUN’s initiatives encourage the participation of postgraduates either through organised activities targeting early stage researchers or by providing postgraduates with tools to enable them to establish their own networks in a virtual environment.

Academic and Professional staff members may apply to International Central Networks and Partnerships Grant (ICNPG) for mobility support to undertake activities with WUN partners. Academic staff may also apply for the annual WUN Research Development Fund.