Funding to foster research collaboration between UOW global campuses

Researchers from the University of Wollongong (UOW) Global Campus Network have been awarded research grants under the University’s Global Small Research Grants scheme announced today, Tuesday 30 August.

The program was launched by the University at its Global Collaboration Conference last year organized by UOW Global Enterprises (UOWGE) to celebrate research collaborations between its global networks and reflect on the potential for future multi-campus projects.

Around AU$50,000 has been allocated for research into a variety of challenges that directly impact local communities.

Projects that have received funding focus on a variety of multidisciplinary global research questions such as the impacts of COVID-19 on tourism, building smart cities and transportation for a better future, managing global health challenges and investment in educational research. As part of the eligibility, scholars from at least three UOW Global Campuses must be involved in the project.

The applications were analyzed by the members of the Executive Committee composed of Professor Christian Ritz (Wollongong campus), Dr Mai El Barachi (Dubai campus), Professor Geoffrey Blowers (Hong Kong campus) and Ir. Dr. Gomesh Nair (Malaysia).

Professor Christian Ritz, Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Science, congratulated all grant recipients and praised the diversity of research conducted at UOW.

“I’m thrilled to see all the amazing work happening on UOW campuses,” Professor Ritz said.

“I would like to congratulate all the researchers who have been successful in receiving a Small Global Research Grant.

“It’s really great to see such a diverse array of globally relevant projects involving collaborative research teams from UOW Dubai, UOW College Hong Kong, UOW Malaysia KDU and our campuses. Australians.”

Dr Mai El Barachi, Director of Computing and Information Systems at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Science at UOW Dubai, said cross-campus research collaboration is a testament to of the university’s exceptional talent.

“UOW has the largest overseas international presence of any Australian university,” said Dr El Barachi.

“Collaboration between researchers is essential to drive innovation and bring together the best knowledge and experience to solve today’s complex problems.”

UOW Vice-Chancellor and President Prof. Patricia M. Davidson commended all researchers and said the University is committed to diversity and makes research collaborations between UOW’s global campuses a priority.

“The grants complement and fulfill one of UOW’s strategic goals to promote and celebrate research excellence and diversity. It’s a great example of cross-collaboration and inclusiveness within the initiative,” said Professor Davidson.

“Funding from these grants will be used to address complex global issues that require immediate attention.”

UOW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Health and Sustainable Futures), Professor David Currow, congratulated the researchers and said the grants will further strengthen research collaboration within the UOW global network.

“I am thrilled to see the increased engagement in global collaborations between UOW entities to deliver impactful research results,” Professor Currow said.

“These collaborations within our entities reflect the potential for future multi-campus projects.

The University will host its upcoming UOW Global Collaborate 2022 conference in November, where speakers will share projects from the university’s global campus network in research, teaching and learning.

Funding recipients:

  • Dr Marianito Rodrigo from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Science (Wollongong Campus), Assistant Professor Imene Ajala from the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Health (UOW Dubai) and Dr Irhanida from the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (UOW Malaysia KDU) has been awarded A$8,500 for a project focused on modeling the impact of COVID-19 on the life cycles of tourist areas.
  • Associate Professor Vikash Ramiah from Faculty of Business, Finance and Management (UOW Dubai), Dr. Ivy Zhou from Faculty of Business and Law (Wollongong Campus), Adjunct Professor Toby Man Kit Butt from Faculty of Business ( UOW College, Hong Kong), Associate Professor Stephen Wilkinson from the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science (UOW Dubai), Associate Professor Alison Thirlwall from the Faculty of Business, Finance and Management (UOW Dubai) and the Assistant Professor Nermeen Mustafa from the Faculty of Business, Finance and Management (UOW Dubai) has been awarded AU$5,000 for a project investigating the financial implications of the EU taxonomy for sustainable business.
  • Dr Emmanuel Bannor Boateng from the Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (Wollongong campus), Dr Vinod Gopaldasani from the Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (Wollongong campus), Dr Ho Lam Lau from the Faculty of Science and Technology (UOW College, Hong Kong), Stephen Wilkinson Associate Professor from the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science (UOW Dubai), Dr. Aziz Ahmed from the School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering (Wollongong Campus), Hazem Associate Professor Gouda from the Faculty of Engineering & Information Science (UOW Dubai) and Frederick Anlimah Kaku Ackah, PhD student (Wollongong campus) have received 7,850.40 Australian dollars for the development of a chatbot allowing to share knowledge on construction safety.
  • Professor Anthony Okely from the Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (Wollongong Campus), Associate Professor Alison Thirlwall from the Faculty of Business, Finance and Management (UOW Dubai) and Magesvari Subramaniam from the School of Nursing and Allied Health (UOW Malaysia KDU) received A$9,350 for the creation of child health research partnerships between UOW campuses.
  • Dr Zeenath Reza Khan from Faculty of Engineering and Information Science (UOW Dubai), Professor Ann Rogerson from Faculty of Business and Law (Wollongong Campus), Dr Belinda Gibbons from Faculty of Business and Law (Wollongong campus), Dr Ng Fong Chiu from the School of Computing and Creative Media (UOW Malaysia KDU), Ajrina Hysaj, language instructor (UOW Dubai), Professor Melodena Stephens (UOW Dubai) and members of the European Network for Academic Integrity (Erasmus+) received AU$6,995 to research academic integrity as a key competence for sustainable development and the SDGs.
  • Dr Ruwan J Bandara from Faculty of Business, Finance and Management (UOW Dubai), Dr Roba Abbas from Faculty of Business and Law (Wollongong Campus), Professor Payyazhi Jayashree from Faculty of Business, Finance and of Management (UOW Dubai), Dr Katina Michael from the School of Computing and Information Technology (Wollongong campus), Associate Professor Yiyang Bian from the Faculty of Business, Finance and Management (UOW Dubai ), Associate Professor J. Joshua Thomas from the School of Computing and Creative Media (UOW Malaysia KDU), and Assistant Professor Prithvi Bhattacharya from the Faculty of Business, Finance and Management (UOW Dubai), and Kho Wen Lin from the School of Business (UOW Malaysia) received AUD 3,500 for a project titled ‘AI Bias, Inclusive Smart Cities and the Future of Work: A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective.’
  • Associate Professor Haroon Khan from the Faculty of Business, Finance and Management (UOW Dubai), Associate Professor Kashif Saleem from the Faculty of Business, Finance and Management (UOW Dubai), Dr. Seerat Ali from the Faculty of Business and Law (Wollongong Campus), Dr. Abdullah Al-Mamun from the Faculty of Business and Law (Wollongong Campus), Associate Professor Osama Al-Hares from the Faculty of Business, Finance and Management (UOW Dubai) and Assistant Professor Toby Man Kit Butt (UOW College, Hong Kong) received AUD 3,500 for a project titled “How Board Diversity Affects Carbon Disclosure ? Evidence from Australasia countries.’
  • Dr. Ibrahim Alananzeh from the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Health (UOW Dubai), Associate Professor J. Joshua Thomas, from the School of Computing and Creative Media (UOW Malaysia KDU), Assistant Professor Hock Chuan Lim from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Science (UOW Dubai), Assistant Professor Noor Hasbi Yusoff from the School of Humanities, Social and Health Sciences (UOW Dubai), Professor Ritin Fernandez from the Faculty of Science , Medicine and Health (Wollongong campus), Heidi Green, PhD student (Wollongong campus) received AUD 5,000 for the digitization of the PLISSIT model (Permission, Limited Information, Specific Suggestions, and Intensive Therapy) with a multidisciplinary framework for the well-being of cancer survivors.
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