The Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA) is a membership-based association of Vice-Chancellors of public and private universities in the Southern
African Development Community (SADC). SARUA enables collaborative partnerships that develop the institutional and human capacity of the region’s universities and contributes to regional collaboration for the public good within higher education. In 2017, the SARUA Executive Committee (Exco) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) continued with the implementation of a three-pronged strategy for 2017-2020, agreed to at the 2016 Triennial General Meeting.
Be a responsive connecting hub
SARUA worked closely with partners such as UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) to implement programmes which would benefit the region in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Focus on Leadership and Quality capacity development
SARUA continued working with partners such as the Southern African Quality Assurance Network (SAQAN), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the harmonisation of African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation (HAQAA) Initiative to put in place mechanisms which would support the development of effective regional quality assurance systems.
Ensure operational sustainability
SARUA engaged actively with SADC structures to discuss an organisational model whereby all regional universities can participate in SARUA activities, whilst ensuring SARUA’s own sustainability.