SARUA’s aim is thus to strengthen the leadership and institutions of higher education in the southern African region
Seychelles is an island country located in the Indian Ocean, approximately 1 600 kilometres east of Kenya. The previously uninhabited island was discovered by Arab traders, by the Portuguese, and then by the French who ruled the country for 40 years. Between 1794 and 1811 the island changed hands seven times between the French and British, before finally being ruled by the British after a protracted war. The location of the island made it a suitable transit port for slaves from mainland Africa, Madagascar, India and elsewhere.