International research partnerships

African Research Universities Alliance

African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), a partnership of research universities in Africa, was launched in early 2015 in response to the growing challenges faced by African universities. The alliance forms a hub that supports centres of excellence in universities across the continent. The focus is on building indigenous research excellence to enable the continent to take control of its future and assert itself as a powerful global force.

ARUA operates Centres of Excellence in the 13 priority thematic areas it has adopted, ranging from food security to post-conflict society. The centres seek to conduct cutting edge research that is innovative and has the potential to transform.

UCT hosts two such centres:


  • Addis Ababa University
  • University of Lagos
  • University of Ibadan
  • Obafemi Awolowo University
  • University of Ghana
  • University of Dar Es Salaam
  • University of Nairobi
  • University of Witwatersrand
  • University of Rwanda
  • University of Cheikh Anta Diop
  • Makerere University
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • University of Pretoria
  • Rhodes University
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal

Find out more about ARUA.