The SARUA Curriculum Innovation Network (SCIN) is commencing its activities with a two year project to develop a regional curriculum and courseware for a Master’s Programme in Climate Change and Sustainable Development. This is part of the SCIN’s longer term objective to establish a structured forum for collaboration, communication and information exchange around the themes of curriculum innovation and climate resilient development in the SADC region.
SARUA hereby issues a call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) to its member institutions and other stakeholders to participate in the network and curriculum development project in one of the following ways:

  • University Delivery Consortia: SADC universities who are interested to develop the Master’s curriculum modules and Master’s courseware. The consortium’s lead university must be a SARUA member.
  • Participating Universities: SADC universities, faculties, schools and centres who are interested in customising the courseware once it is developed to offer a Master’s Programme in Climate Change and Sustainable Development, or in making resources available to assist the delivery consortium.
  • External Stakeholders: Government, non-profit or private sector stakeholders and educators who wish to participate in the SCIN through information exchange and communication on climate change in tertiary education.
  • Individual Contributors: Individual researchers, academics and subject matter experts with a specific interest in climate change and/or tertiary education curriculum design, who wish to contribute to and benefit from the exchange of information within the SCIN.


The outputs of the Climate Change Counts mapping study can be downloaded here:


All signed EOI application forms and supporting documents must be received via email by Friday 20 March 2015 at 16h00 Central Africa Time.

Contact details
For any queries regarding the SCIN or the EOI process, please contact:

Tarirai Mavengere
SARUA Finance and Admin Manager
Tel: +27 (0)11 717-3952
Mobile: +27 (0)78 344-1763
Fax: +27 (0)11 717-3950

Botha Kruger
SCIN Coordinator
Mobile: +27 (0)83 4637045

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:  Devondale Conference Centre, 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