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Higher Education in the Southern African region

SARUA has noted several upcoming demands on universities as a result of new higher education policies advanced by the African Union (AU) and SADC, as well as new key opportunities. SARUA subscribes to the African Union’s Agenda 2063 Vision and actively supports Quality Education as Global Goal 4 for Sustainable Development. SARUA agrees with the important role higher education has to play to achieve the SADC region’s strategic vision:

  • The SADC Protocol on Education and Training defines a regional framework for maximising the effective utilisation of education resources in the region, to promote equivalence, harmonisation and standardisation through collaboration.
  • The Revised RISDP 2015–2020 prioritises inter alia the implementation of a Regional Qualifications Framework, human resources skills development, matching of education with labour market demands and accelerating the development of priority sectors for industrial and infrastructure development.
  • The SADC Industrialization Strategy and Roadmap 2015–2063 provides a blueprint for inclusive, long-term modernisation and economic transformation in the SADC region and is based on three interdependent and mutually supportive strategic pillars: Industrialisation, Competitiveness and Regional Integration.