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Building Higher Education Scenarios, 2025: A Strategic Agenda for Higher Education Development in SADC

The Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA) convened a Leadership Dialogue in partnership with the University of Zambia and the Copperbelt University in Lusaka, Zambia last week entitled “Building Higher Education Scenarios, 2025: A Strategic Agenda for Development in SADC”.
Vice-Chancellors and their representatives from over 20 SADC universities in 10 countries, as well as government officials and other partners in higher education from across SADC gathered in Lusaka, Zambia between 13 and 14 October 2011.

The SARUA Leadership Dialogue built four Higher Education Scenarios for 2025 as part of a Strategic Agenda for Higher Education Development in SADC around the agreed focal question: What will SADC Higher Education be in 2025?  The SARUA Dialogue provided for an open, creative, process-driven conversation designed to draw on the views of the participants. The Leadership Dialogue identified the two key change drivers of change in higher education in SADC as Human Capability and the Technological Revolution. Discussions at the workshop generated several strategic priority interventions for building the capacity of the sector to meet the ever increasing demand for higher education in the region.

Working towards locally-developed strategic goals from the vantage point of the region whilst engaging with the global has been given a new impetus with the mandate of the SADC Secretariat to establish a Technical Committee on Higher Education that will lead the development of a regional plan for the revitalization of higher education. The Zambian Minister of Education, Science and Vocational Training, Dr John Phiri referred to this development in his address to SARUA delegates on 13 October in Zambia, and expressed his support for it as a critical stepping stone in the process of building an inter-connected, vibrant Higher Education sector in the SADC region. He committed his full support to ensuring its success.

Four priority areas were identified at the workshop:
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  • Supporting a stronger policy environment for regional integration and networking of higher education institutions, their programmes and curricula;
  • Effectively harnessing regional human capability across borders;
  • Making technology a central part of the future development of SADC higher education infrastructure, and consistently addressing cooperation in technological infrastructure development;
  • Supporting innovative methods for regional and global collaboration and the financing of higher education in SADC

SARUA will produce a report of the workshop in due course. For further information, please contact: Fadzayi Chambati at SARUA: or 27 11 717 3952.

October, 2011