New UN partnership for UON

Monday, 19 December 2016


The University of Newcastle (UON) has been welcomed as an institutional partner of UN-Habitat (United Nations Centre for Human Settlements).

The UN-Habitat partner university initiative was introduced to work toward a better urban future by promoting cooperation between UN-Habitat and higher education institutes.

The aim of the partnership is to close the gap between academia and practice and to encourage collaborative learning and formulate an urban vision of tomorrow.

The partnership was initiated by the School of Architecture and Built Environment, but will benefit the whole of the university with researchers, students and individuals learning about a range of urban themes.

Dr Ifte Ahmed, Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, who is the focal person for the partnership, says that it is a positive for the whole of the University of Newcastle.

“This is an exciting opportunity for UON as it allows us to strengthen our relationship with the United Nations system and will allow our researchers access to a whole range of collaborative opportunities,” Ifte said.

With six out of every 10 people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030, UN-Habitat is leading the thoughts on how to best understand the aspirations of cities and their residents.

This is yet another exciting collaborative development for Newcastle, after the 2015 news of Newcastle becoming a United Nations City and the hosting of the UNITAR CIFAL hub.

Ifte has recently been successful in winning two UN project bids, one from UNESCO (under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) on “Building Capacity for Fijian Disaster Resilience: Developing Women Community Leaders” and the other one from UNDP on developing the “National Plan for Disaster Management of Bangladesh”.