Reimagining universities for transdisciplinary knowledge co-creation
9–10 MARCH 2021
At the inaugural THE Southern Africa Universities Impact Forum, leaders and subject experts from higher education institutions across the region shared research, ideas and solutions to address and confront the key issues that affect the ability of higher education institutions to create a positive impact on society, with a special focus on SDG2 – zero hunger.
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have provided a widely recognised and meaningful framework for policymakers, investors, academics and activists to orientate their mission and purpose towards addressing global challenges.
However, while the challenges – and ambitions to meet them – might be universally applicable, restrictive political, socio-economic and geographic boundaries exist that can obstruct the necessary translation of research into political application with real impact.
Topics we discussed included:
SDGs as a new form of internationalisation
Is impact relative?
Do inputs determine outputs?
How much power do higher education institutions have to achieve real change?
How does culture interact with scientific progress?
The forum also featured the exclusive live reveal of the THE Emerging Economies Rankings 2021.
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