International research partnerships

International research partnerships

Researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are committed to bringing African knowledge and expertise to the challenge of solving the world’s most pressing problems. International collaboration is key to achieving this goal, and as such, we have developed a network of diverse international partnerships.

The Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the United Nations (UN), focus on the world’s most intractable problems. The UN recognises that the goals cannot be met by people working in isolation and has included Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals.

Partnerships in Africa

UCT plays a vital role in connecting institutions in the northern hemisphere and elsewhere with its African partners and drawing on global-level expertise from across the continent to ensure that an African voice is present in global research.

UCT is driven to become a vibrant centre of knowledge production on African issues, with both African and global partners, and to produce research of the highest international standards.

Global research networks

Universities around the world recognise the need to create ways to organise funding and support for collaborative research. Formal international research networks have a number of advantages perhaps the most significant of which is the establishment, over time, of trust between the institutions involved. This can underpin on-the-ground collaborations and encourage the nurturing of further collaborations.

UCT is a member of several carefully selected global networks, each established with specific goals in mind that bring distinct strategic benefits to its members.


For questions and enquiries about UCT’s international research partnerships, please contact Wilna Venter, research collaboration specialist in the Research Office.