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The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), founded in 2000, is an invitation-only, non-profit group of research-led universities from Australia, Canada, China, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These universities carry out research and research training on a collaborative basis.

Prof. Yongbing Xu is leading the WUN Spintronics grant challenge project. This is a large international collaboration consortium including 20 partners from five UK universities (York, Sheffield, Bristol and Southampton), four USAuniversities (Pennsylvania State University, University of California (San Diego), University of Illinois(Urbana Champaign), and the University of Washington (Seattle)) and two Chinese universities (Nanjing University andZhejiang University).