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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

South Africa hosts first SASUF international conference

INTERNATIONALISATION: Some of the presenters at this year’s South Africa/Swedish University Forum Conference which was held at Stellenbosch University. INTERNATIONALISATION: Some of the presenters at this year’s South Africa/Swedish University Forum Conference which was held at Stellenbosch University.

The South Africa/Swedish University Forum (SASUF) is showing its muscles in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The SASUF, of which CPUT is a proud member, is a strategic internationalisation project running from 2017 until 2020 with the overall aim of strengthening ties between Sweden and South Africa in research, education and innovation.

As part of the first SASUF conference, which was held in South Africa recently, CPUT hosted two satellite events: (1) Digital technologies, future of production, industry 4.0 and big data and; (2) Transforming the curriculum, disruptive thinking and responsible research.

The collaborators agreed at the founding workshop to use the following six themes for research and development activities: Climate change, Education, Social transformation, Health, Sustainable urbanisation and Digital technologies.

“These themes resonate very well with CPUT’s direction towards smartness and the global sustainable goals,” says Prof René Pellissier, Director: Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships. She adds that CPUT researchers are active participants in SASUF events.

SASUF is a collaboration between 37 universities in Sweden and South Africa together with embassies, civil society organisations, funding agencies and ministries in both countries. “To this end, the declaration was presented on behalf of the South African partners to Higher Education, Science and Technology minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, earlier this month,” says Pellissier.

Said Nzimande: “Our collaboration will generate innovative approaches, solutions and results and will provide a wide range of solutions that otherwise would not be possible in fostering cooperation between Sweden and South Africa.”

The next SASUF conference will be held at Uppsala University, Sweden, in May 2020.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.