Education should no longer be held to ransom by publishers, from Business Day

Balancing tertiary institution budgets — without fee increases and with increases in costs due to inflation and potential insourcing — are not the only headaches facing vice-chancellors and their councils. The growing challenges over procuring essential research information will be adding to their woes.

Around the world, frustration at the price of academic journals is growing. The research and academic library market is finite, so publishing companies (for profit and nonprofit alike) increase revenue and shareholder value by increasing the price. Read more


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.

SARUA Leadership Dialogue 2

Title: Global Trends in Technology in Higher Education; Opportunities and Challenges for African Universities
Date: 8 and 9 September 2015
Venue:  Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West, Western Cape

Through inputs from local and global experts, and facilitated discussions, this event will address pressing questions on the challenges presented by emergent technologies to higher education. In partnership with UCT and Pearson

Click here to access the event report and presentations.

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.