Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA) condemns the appalling human tragedy that has unfolded ( again) in the form of xenophobic attacks in South Africa, in a country with one of the most developed higher education systems on the continent.

It is clear that despite our common histories and experiences of colonial exploitation and our vast post-colonial challenges, there is a huge chasm between the regional and continental “integration” policies and declarations of political leaders versus civil society’s experiences of democratisation, inclusivity, social cohesion and tolerance of others.

Higher education institutions need to take a visible and robust lead in driving change. As sites of cultural diversity, international exchange, knowledge production and innovation, higher education institutions are well placed to become centres of regional and continental identity formation.

SARUA recommits itself to the goals of regional dialogues, integration and collaboration in order to forge a regional identity between higher education actors with a view to claim our common humanity, institution building, development goals and internationalisation at home

Issued by

Piyushi Kotecha
Chief Executive Officer

SARUA condemns all forms of Xenophobia!  
Working towards our Common Future

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2nd International Science and Mathematics Educator's Conference

SARUA Leadership Dialogues

SARUA Leadership Dialogue 1

Title:       Universities and Innovation for Inclusive Development
Date:     8 and 9 June 2015
Venue:  Spier Conference Centre, Western Cape

The focus of the event will be to interrogate issues on the topic of Universities and Innovation for Inclusive Development. This topic was researchedby the UNIID-Africa project and funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The research seeks to address the limited attention paid to how African universities contribute to innovation for inclusive development, specifically, to innovation activities that provide livelihoods to the excluded and disadvantaged. The project builds a stronger African empirical research base through collaboration among African universities and public research institutes. Implications of the research findings will be interrogated and issues for consideration for the leadership of member universities will be explored.
In partnership with the HSRC.

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

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.

Volume 1, Number 1: Knowledge Co-Production Framework

Volume 2: Country Reports