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The Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA) is a membership-based association of Vice-Chancellors or 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.


SARUA's Vision

SARUA seeks, over time, to be recognized for the provision of an effective platform, which enables key regional higher education leadership players to engage and contribute meaningfully to regional development.


SARUA's Mission

SARUA endeavours to provide a platform for regional higher education leadership dialogue and collaboration, thus informing a southern African agenda for higher education, by:

  • Developing a regional identity for higher education that is representative of the diversity of the region;
  • Convening strategic fora to enhance collaboration, linkages and partnerships across the sector;
  • Identifying key areas for strategic research and analysis;
  • Enhancing the knowledge and capacity of higher education leadership;
  • Acting as a respected voice (and advocate) to speak on behalf of the higher education sector in the region;

...thereby feeding (informing) a south-south higher education agenda and, in so doing, making a significant contribution to national and regional development.