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2nd Meeting of the SADC Deputy Vice-Chancellor Working Group on Research, Development and Climate Change

This event is the 2nd Meeting of the SARUA Deputy Vice-Chancellor Working Group on Research, Development and Climate Change scheduled to take place on the 17th November 2011 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The Working Group was convened following the adoption of a Framework for Action on Climate Change and Adaptation in Higher Education in SADC at the Vice-Chancellor’s Leadership Dialogue held in October 2010. The Framework is aimed at mobilising investment in research and teaching with a view to mainstreaming the question of climate change and development in higher education.
At the first meeting of the Working Group held in March 2011,  Professors Zvobgo (Pro Vice Chancellor, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe), Mutombo (University Cooperation Office, University of Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo), Mbhenyane (Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic, University of Venda, South Africa) and Yanda (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), as well as a representative from SARUA were nominated to serve on a project team to develop a detailed regional Climate Change and Adaptation in Higher Education Sector Programme.
The planned programme is expected to define the outputs, tasks, timeframes and costs for the following four programmatic areas, identified at the March meeting:
  1. developing a platform for information collection and sharing in the form of a regional portal;
  2. facilitating of contact and exchange amongst researchers as the basis for developing networks and supporting doctoral education;
  3. developing and sharing of open educational resources to contribute to strengthening teaching and learning in universities;
  4. and advocacy and dissemination work to underpin the capacity development interventions.
Since the first meeting, the project team has been developing a programme document to guide this work. The aim of the November meeting is to table and review the draft programme document and to discuss and agree on the proposed implementation modalities. 

This programme will aim to generate funding in excess of US$20 million over a five year period. It will produce huge potential for exciting teaching and research collaboration amongst universities in SADC.

Date: 17 November 2011
Event type: Senior Executive Event
November, 2011