World Universities Network (WUN) supports a diverse range of research activities across all disciplines and encourages interdisciplinary research in particular. Through joint research collaboration, WUN members are able to pool their resources and intellectual power to achieve collective international objectives that meet the needs of our global society.

WUN shares many of the same objectives as UCT, fostering international research collaboration through a developed global support framework that can address issues of global concern, affect decision making at policy level, and unlock funding opportunities.

WUN research focuses on 4 thematic fields known as "Global Challenges".  Each consists of a number of collaborative research projects involving leading researchers in similar fields of interest:

Across WUN, more than 90 initiatives span the arts, humanities, social sciences, engineering, science, health and medicine.