Partnerships and global scholarship at UCT
It is now globally accepted that institutional partnerships and collaborations are an essential ingredient for connecting institutions in an increasingly internationalised world and for sharing and disseminating knowledge and expertise.
To a large extent, modern universities that strive to become internationalised, increasingly depend on partnerships in order to realise many of their institutional goals.
They acknowledge that no academic institution can survive without partnerships, whether these are at local, national or international level; or whether these are with sister institutions, local communities, business and industry. It is also clear that solutions to global challenges are unlikely to be found by one university or a single researcher, but teams of people working together and bringing their multiple perspectives to bear on the challenges.
For most of the global challenges experienced today, more than one sector of society has a vested interest and so it is expected that cooperation and collaboration in finding solutions will be a key factor.
However, it is government and government agencies as well as industry, business and foundations that help make these partnerships financially viable and sustainable through grants and donations.
According to several significant external measures UCT is considered a leader in the global knowledge economy. In order to maintain this level of excellence and scholarship for which it is well-known. UCT has to ensure that it maintains and improves its reputation as a research-led university and benchmarks itself against international standards.
This is done by establishing partnerships with universities and institutions globally via research and other kinds of partnerships.
Some of UCT's partnership programmes include the following:
African Academic Links (AAL) incorporating the USHEPiA Programme
The African Academic Linkages section in UCT's International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) focuses on developing, implementing and monitoring UCT's internationalisation policy with respect to Africa. Its aim is to strengthen UCT's academic integration with the rest of Africa.
This includes the University Science Humanities & Engineering Partnerships in Africa (USHEPiA) which is a partnership of eight South and East African universities (including UCT).
The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) is a consortium of 18-leading research institutions from around the world, partnering together in a collaborative effort to create a global research community in response to global needs and challenges.
PERC is a programme that promotes mid-career staff development in their area of research by stimulating and supporting research and publication, and particularly encouraging the development of research initiatives which reflect UCT's location in Africa and in a more broadly developing context. This is a collaborative programme which is run with partners in the global South, particularly in Africa.
Internationalisation conference at UCT