Second SARUA Digital University Programme 10 - 11 October 2016

Digital Translation and Blended Learning in Universities
The first SARUA Digital Universities Programme (SDUP1) held in March 2016 revealed a number of focus areas for the next stages of digital university evolution. All economies and societies are in transition towards becoming digital economies and information societies, led by changes at institutional or organizational level. Large institutions, such as universities, have the opportunity to design their own digital transitions. Many of the objectives of higher education, which have been very difficult to achieve in the real-time world, may be better positioned in a blended learning environment, through the addition of online educational tools and applications, specifically access to those materials that can enhance the quality of learning, postgraduate research output and scholarly research publishing. CLICK HERE to download the programme and application form.

African universities take the lead in climate change

A new regional climate change master’s degree highlights the power of collaboration and puts African universities where they belong: at the forefront of social and economic development, writes PIYUSHI KOTECHA.

In the United Kingdom and United States, much of the news about universities and climate change is centered on fossil fuel disinvestment. In May it was reported that for the second year in a row, the University of California ranked highest in the Global Climate 500 index among universities incorporating climate change risks in their investment decision-making. Divestment means selling off endowment and pension fund holdings in fossil fuels in favour of more ethical investments, arguably contributing to a weakening of the fossil-fuel industry. Read more
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q2c.pngThe SARUA Programme for Climate Change Capacity Development (PCCCD) reached another milestone on 8 June 2015 with the formal launch of the SARUA Curriculum Innovation Network (SCIN) at the Spier Conference Centre outside Stellenbosch, South Africa.

The PCCCD was initiated in 2010 by a meeting of Vice-Chancellors at the University of Mauritius with a long term vision “to significantly enhance the climate adaptive capacity and resilience of the SADC region through the development of a collaborative network of higher education institutions capable of pooling resources, maximising the value of its intellectual capital and attracting significant investment into the region.” Read more

SARUA Leadership Dialogues

SARUA Leadership Dialogue

Title: Open Access and African Research Publishing in the 21st Century
Date: 3 May 2016
Venue:  Cape Town International Convention Centre

Vice Chancellors of Southern African universities face a dual challenge when it comes to scholarly publication. Very high costs are blocking access to international scholarship for their researchers, even as international commercial publishers appear to be making a land grab for African research. At the same time, universities in the region struggle to publish and disseminate research that is vital to their international status as well as to the economic, social and developmental needs of the region.

Click here to access the event programme.

Knowledge Co-Production Framework for Climate Compatible Development

Knowledge Co-Production Framework for Climate Compatible Development in Southern Africa

According to the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), southern Africa’s warming is likely to exceed the global mean land surface temperature increase in all seasons.

  • This could result in a possible increase of up to 6°C by the end of the century.
  • Regional rainfall is expected to decrease on the whole, by up to 30% if global temperatures rise to 4°C above pre-industrial levels.
  • This will increase droughts, flooding, wind and wild fires. 

Given the region’s high vulnerability to climate change these impacts could severely affect our regions livelihoods, societies and economies. For this reason SARUA, as a close partner of SADC, has developed a framework for trans-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge co-production that involves research, teaching and learning, and community engagement. Read more.