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  1. 1. 1 5th Newsletter October 2010 Content Focuson the SANORDSymposiumatthe Universityof Johannesburg ProfilingSANORDmembers Universityof Malawi Bodø UniversityCollege,Norway Universityof KwaZulu-Natal,SouthAfrica AarhusUniversity,Denmark Researchtheme groupactivities Conferences,Seminars,WorkshopsSummer/Winterschools Reporton past events SANORDnews - What is happeningatourmemberinstitutions? Scholarships/fundingopportunities/Awards ResearchReports SouthernAfrican – NordicNews Our next newsletter will be published on 30 January 2011.If you wish to have an announcement published in the next SANORD Newsletter, please send an email to Leolyn Jackson ljackson@uwc.ac.za by 17 January 2011. Focusing on the SANORD Symposium SANORD Symposiumon “Sustaining Higher Education through Southern African- Nordic Institutional Partnerships” at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday, 3 and Saturday, 4 December 2010 The establishment and development of resilient, long-term university partnerships is increasingly significant in a globalizing world. Many universities within such partnerships testify to their impact in staff development, enhancing the educational experience, encouraging and making possible more ambitiousresearchprogrammes,andbuildingvaluable networks.Characteristically,these relationships stimulate the social andeconomic development of the regions involved. It is not surprising, then, that universities are tending to treat long-term partnerships as core operations and are managing them accordingly.
  2. 2. 2 The local andglobal challengesfacinguniversities in the global knowledge economy are more pressing and more elusive thaneverbefore.BrianO’Connell,SANORDexecutive member and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape, emphasises that: These challenges require a true paradigm shift. They assail our assumptions, our conceptual frameworks,andourexperience sodeeplyandsocomprehensively that a satisfactory response to them will necessitate a revolution in our thinking as heretical, seminal and brave as that of Copernicus,GalileoandWilliamHarvey.All of thisindicatesaveryspecial role forUniversities as sitesof discovery and of fearless contestation with ideas and practices. Given the breadth and depth of the changes that adaptation to this new reality will demand, knowledge of the best kindcoupledwithleadershipof the bravestkindwill be calledfor.Where politicians may quake, Universities must stand strong. Many of the world’s problems are global in nature and exceed the fragmented capacities of single institutions,countriesandregions.Theyrequire ourcombinedefforts. It is in such a space that the true power of a consortium like SANORD comes into its own. By building collaboration and stimulating creativity, it enables each of us to achieve more than we could on our own. The symposiumwantstodraw onNordicand southernAfricanexperienceswithwaystoestablish or furtherdeveloppartnershipsbetweenSANORDmemberuniversities.Some of the keyquestionsto addressare:  What are the qualitiesof a long term partnership that universities ought to be concerned with and how do universities best contribute to such partnerships?  What are the particularuniversitypartnershipchallengesin different geographical settings and are there special opportunities or pitfalls in north-south collaboration?  Are we (SANORD) readytoembrace the concept of long term partnerships? What is the role of researchers and leadership in facilitating long term partnerships?  What is the role of Philanthropic and Funding support Agencies in facilitating long term partnerships?  What are the mainconstraintsthat researchers,students,administratorsandleadersface inthe developmentof longtermpartnershipsand,hence,the mainthingswe candoto strengthenthe capacity of the institution and the region? The SouthernAfrican−NordicCentre (SANORD)wouldlike toinvitemembersandotherpartnerstothis symposiumonthe nature andpossibilitiesof longtermuniversitypartnerships.Invitedspeakersinclude universityleadersandacademicsfromthe southernAfricanandNordicregions.The symposiumwill run overone and a half days andwill allowgenerousspace fordebate andcreative interaction.SANORD invitesyouractive participationandlooksforwardtotwoexcitingdayswithyou. Informationaboutthe symposium isavailableonthe SANORDportal www.sanord.net. Questionsaboutthe symposiummaybe directedtoDr. ZodwaMagwenzi atthe Universityof Johannesburg(kmagwenzi@uj.ac.za)andLeolynJacksonatthe SANORDCentral Office (ljackson@uwc.ac.za).Questionsaboutthe arrangementof the annual meetingshouldbe addressedto MaureenDavisat the SANORDCentral Office.(mdavis@uwc.ac.za)
  3. 3. 3 PROFILING OUR MEMBER INSTITUTIONS UNIVERSITY OF MALAWI The University of Malawi (UNIMA) was established in 1964 soon after the country gained independence from British Colonial rule. UNIMA has 5 constituent colleges namely:BundaCollege of Agriculture; ChancellorCollege;Collegeof Medicine;Kamuzu College of Nursing;andthe Polytechnic.Eachof the collegeshasitsownadministration headedbya Principal whileUNIMA’scentral administrationisledbya Vice-Chancellor. Witha total enrollmentof over7000 students,UNIMA isthe flagshipof highereducation institutions in the country. Located at the foot of the Zomba Plateau, Chancellor College is the largest constituent college with facultiesof humanities,science,social science,law,andeducation.The Polytechnicisinthe commercial cityof Blantyre and has faculties of built environment, commerce, engineering, applied sciences, and education & media studies. The College of Medicine, also located in Blantyre, is the newest of the constituentcollegesandwasestablishedin 1991. It offersprogrammesinmedicine, pharmacy, medical laboratory and physiotherapy and these play a significant role in reducing the shortage of medical personnel inthe country.Medical researchatthe college inc1udes HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention & cure. Bunda College located in the outskirts of the Capital City of Malawi, Lilongwe has faculties of agriculture, development studies and environmental science and runs programmes in aquaculture, animal husbandry, food and nutrition science, seed technology and horticulture. Bunda College is key to the country’s agricultural-based economy. Kamuzu College of Nursing has twocampuseswithitsmaincampus locatedinthe Capital City of Malawi, Lilongwe and having another campus in Blantyre. It trains nurses up to masters’ level and its faculty and students are actively involved in community health programmes throughout the country. UNIMA's researchmissioniscarriedoutthrougha varietyof researchcentreswhichinclude;the Centre for Agricultural Research & Development, the Centre for Social Research; the Centre for Educational Research and Training; the Centre for Language Studies; the Natural Resources and Environmental Centre,the College of Medicine Research Centre, the Nursing, Midwifery & Health Sciences Research Centre, the Management Development Centre, the Water Sanitation, Health & Technology Development Centre and the Transport Technology Transfer Centre. Currently plans are underway to establish a Centre for Gender and Women's Studies. UNIMA's research agenda is consistent with the country's growth and development strategy which focuses on agriculture and food security, irrigation and water development, transport and infrastructural development, energy generation and supply, integrated rural development, HIV/AlDs, gender mainstreaming, human rights, and sustainable economic growth. There is a high demand for research and consultancy from government and NGOs in Malawi and UNIMA's goal is to form strong collaborative services research links to respond adequately to national development. To read more aboutthe Universityof Malawi,pleasevisit http://www.unima.mw Please contactthe Pro Vice-Chancellor(ProfessorLeonardA.Kamwanja) if youneedmore information: e-mail:provc@unima.mw
  4. 4. 4 Bodø UniversityCollege (BUC) wasfoundedafteramergerof three minorhigher educational institutionsin1994. During2009 a formal applicationtobecome Norway’s8th full Universitywassentincompletinga10 yearlong processtobuild infrastructure andfulfill the academiccriteriarequired.InJune 2010 an expert committee concludedthat BUCnow fulfilsthe criteriasettobe accreditedas a full university.The officialopeningof the new Universityof Nordlandisexpectedto happenat the beginningof 2011. In 2000 BUCwas grantedthe rightto offera PhD level studyprogramme in Business.Since thenthree, validatedandaccredited,PhDprogramsinSociology,StudiesinProfessionalPractice andAquaculture have beenapproved.InJanuary2005 a new state of the art librarybuildingopened,providingstudents and staff withfull accesstoin house publicationsandthe largestonlinejournal databases. The Faculty of BiosciencesandAquaculture isone of the leadingacademicenvironmentswithinmarine biosciencesandaquaculture inNorway,andoffersprogramsfrombachelorlevel todoctoral level(PhD) inAquaculture.The facultyconsistsof five researchgroups:Reproductive Biology,AquaticAnimal Healthand Welfare,SeafoodQuality,Marine GenomicsandMarine Ecology.The Facultyalsohasa strongfocus oninnovationandtransferof knowledgetothe industry,andofferslife-longlearning programsto the industry.Beinglocatedonthe coast,Bodøoffersaperfectenvironmentforstudies withinaquaculture,marinesciencesandnatural sciences.Inadditiontocampusfacilitiesandlabs,the facultyownsa 4500 m² marine researchstationequippedwithstate of the artlaboratories. The latest30M NOKinvestmentinnewequipmentwascompletedin2009 providesthe facultywithone of Europe’smostmodernmarine researchstations. Most popular study programs at the faculty: • BSc inBiology;• BSc in Aquaculture Management;•MSc inMarine Ecology The School of Professional Studies isthe largestfacultyat the UniversityCollege.Withinthe faculty there are three mainsubdivisionsofferingavarietyof degreesandcoursesof study,frombachelorto doctoral level degreeinStudiesof ProfessionalPractise.These are the Institute of Educationand Culture,the Institute of NursingandHealthandthe centre for Practical Knowledge.The centre offersa Master and a PhD degree inPractical Knowledge,inadditiontoresearchactivitywithinthisfield. Most popular study programs at the faculty: • BachelorinSport;• General TeacherTraining,FourYearProgramme;• Bachelorin Nursing Bodø Graduate School ofBusiness(HHB) offersprogramsrangingfrombachelorlevel todoctoral level inbusiness,aswell asprogramsininformationtechnologyatundergraduate level.HHBcooperateswith manypartnersinternationallyandoffersjointMSc-degreeswithseveral universitiesabroad.The academicstaff possessesunique expertiseinthe fieldsof Ecological EconomicsandEthics, EntrepreneurshipandInnovationManagement,TransportEconomyandManagementControl,aswell as EnergyManagementinthe High North.Our HighNorthCentre forBusinesshasexpertiseinHigh Northchallengesandhas15 yearsof experience inRussiaandotherhighnorthcountries. Most popular study programs at the faculty: • MSc Business;• MSc Energy Management;• MBA
  5. 5. 5 The Faculty of Social Sciences(FSSc) provideshighereducational programmesandresearchinalarge numberof disciplines,fromsocial work,sociology,political science,history,journalismtocircumpolar studies.FSScoffersstudyprogrammesatall levels,includingaPhDin Sociology,andhasseveral international exchangeagreementsforreceivingandsendingstudentsandresearchstaff abroad. Researchconductedthroughthe facultyoftentakesthe shape of appliedandcross-disciplinaryprojects, and several of the researchersatthe facultyparticipate ininternationalresearchnetworks. BUC isan academicinstitutionprovidinggraduate andpost-graduate studyprogrammesandconducting research.The universitycollegehasmore than300 full time equivalentresearchpositionsandannually welcomesmore than5000 thousandstudentsfromapproximately40 differentcountries. There isclose collaborationbetweenthe Facultyof Social Science andNordlandResearchinstitute, Universityof the Arctic(www.uarctic.org) andÁrran – Lulesami center(www.arran.no). Most popular study programs at the faculty: • Bachelorof CircumpolarStudies;•Masterin Social Work – witha Comparative Perspective • NorwegianLanguage andSociety(one yearstudyprogramme suitableforstudentsaimingtoacquire the requiredknowledgeof the Norwegianlanguage inordertogainadmittance toNorwegiantaught studyprogrammes) 10 reasons for studyingat Bodø UniversityCollege 1. Highqualityandaffordable education –Notuitionfee 2. BUC, a top-notcheducationalandresearchinstitution 3. Tailormade semesterprogramsforexchange/internationalstudents 4. The land of the midnightsun – withstunningnature andsurroundings 5. Close toEurope – withstudentdiscountsthere are excellentopportunitiestoexplorethe restof ScandinaviaandEurope 6. Manageable city – populationof 45 000 and over5000 students 7. Moderate climate – thanksto the Gulf Stream 8. Arctic escape – experiencingthe nature of the Northof Norway.Guidedoutdoorexcursions 9. Voted“BestStudentCommunity”forthe 6th consecutive yearinNorway 10. A cultural experience –Norwaymaintainsitsunique characterina rapidlyglobalizingworld ********************* Globallythe Universityof KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) isone of three Africanuniversitiesinthe top500 according to the 2009 Shanghai AcademicRankingof WorldUniversities.UKZN was formedon1 January2004 as a resultof the mergerbetweenthe Universitiesof Durban-Westville andNatal,bringingtogetherthe rich traditionsof twomajorinstitutionsof higherlearninginSouthAfrica.UKZN catersfor almost40 000 students,itisone of the largestuniversitiesinsub-SaharanAfrica. See ourwebsite onthe followinglink: http://www.ukzn.ac.za/Homepage.aspx UKZN isorganisedona College Model,witheachCollegehavingtwoconstituentFaculties.The four Collegesare the College of Humanities,the College of Agriculture,EngineeringandScience,the College
  6. 6. 6 of HealthSciencesandthe Collegeof Law and ManagementStudies.The Faculties,inturn,comprise 56 academicSchools,eachcomposedof allieddisciplines.The greatnumberof facultiesenablesUKZN to offera wide range of excitingandinnovative multi-disciplinarycourses,UKZN offersover2000 academic programmesat bothundergraduate andpostgraduate level aswell asaccreditedprofessionaldegrees. As one of the country’spre-eminentresearchinstitutions,UKZN providesadynamicenvironmentfor multifacetedresearchandinnovationacrossaspectrumof disciplinesandisratedthirdinresearch productivityamongstSouthAfricanuniversities.UKZN’sstrategicresearchinitiativesinclude HIV/AIDS, TB and HealthPromotion;Biotechnology;Water,EnvironmentandBiodiversity;Social Developmentand EconomicStudies;AgricultureandFoodSecurity;EnergyandTechnologyforsustainable development; Gender,Race and IdentityStudies;IndigenousKnowledge SystemsandMaritime Studies.Theseare areas where Universityresearchershave made animpactonglobal researchtrends.UKZN isnotedfor the great impactit hason global researchproductionwithUKZN having4 National ResearchFoundation (NRF) A-ratedresearchers,43 B-ratedresearchersandeightSouthAfricanResearchChairs. The researchchairs are comprisedof ProfessorN Gqaleni,chairin‘IndigenousHealthCare Systems Research’,ProfessorSDJohnsonchairin‘EvolutionaryBiology’,ProfessorSDMaharaj chair in ‘Gravitatingsystems’,ProfessorTNdunguchairin ‘SystemsBiologyof HIV/AIDS’,ProfessorF Petruccione chairin‘QuantumInformationProcessing&Communication’,ProfessorDRPosel chairin ‘EconomicDevelopment’,ProfessorDRamjugernathchairin‘Fluorine ProcessEngineering& SeparationsTechnology’andfinally ProfessorJMay chairin ‘AppliedPovertyReductionAssessment'. These chairswere awardedinrecognitionof the researchersachievementsandthusrecognise UKZN’s capabilitytodeliverinthe keyresearchareas.UKZN alsohosts a numberof recognisedresearchcenters inits five campuses. These centersare grantedthisstatusas uni- or multi-disciplinaryresearchprogrammesthathave specificcapacityandpublicprofile,presettingUKZN asa premieruniversityof AfricanScholarship.See linkforall UKZN Centers:http://research.ukzn.ac.za/CentersofExcellence.aspx The Universityisa multicultural environmentwithover2300 international studentsfrommore than80 countries.UKZN haslinkswithover260 international institutions,whichfacilitate ongoingcollaborative academicpartnerships. UKZN hascommitteditself anditsresourcestothe commongoodwithover350 outreachprogrammes. These range fromHIV and AIDSprojects,toskillsupgradingforScience andMathematicsteachers,to foodsecurityandcommunitytourismprojects. To read more aboutthe Universityof KwaZulu-Natal,pleasevisithttp://www.ukzn.ac.za. For more informationplease contactthe UniversityResearchOffice,Prof.CherylPotgieter,at deanofresearch@ukzn.ac.zaorThandoMgqolozanaat mgqolozana@ukzn.a.cza.
  7. 7. 7 With 38,000 students, 11,000 staff and almost 1,700 PhD students, Aarhus University is one of the largest educational institutions in the Nordic countries and a leading international research-based university where studentsare taught in a beautiful yellow-brick campus in the centre of Aarhus City. AU is a comprehensive universitycoveringall disciplinesandthe entire researchspectrum.One of the maincharacteristicsof AarhusUniversityisthe significanteffortthathasgone intodeveloping interdisciplinaryresearchprogrammesandthe emphasisputoninterdisciplinaryapproachesto education.One example isthe Centre forFunctionallyIntegrative Neuroscience whichisthe base for interdisciplinarybrainresearchcombiningknowledgefromvariousfieldssuchasphysics,philosophy, mathematics,theology,anthropology,computerscience andpsychologytounderstandbetterhowthe brainfunctions. Anothercharacteristicof AarhusUniversityisthe close relationshipbetweenresearchandeducation, whichprovidesdepthtothe programmesbutalsoallowsforaninformal atmosphere between researchersandstudents. Most graduate programmeshave an internationalfocus.International exchangesare encouragedand more than 1000 coursesand 65 full degree programmesare offeredinEnglishasa meanstodiversify and globalise the learningenvironment. AarhusUniversityRectorHolm-Nielsenisthe chairmanof the initiative“BuildingstrongerUniversities” launchedbythe DanishUniversitiestostrengthenresearchandtertiaryeducationindeveloping countries.The mostimportantoutcome of thisinitiative isthe establishmentof fourplatforms(water, agriculture,humansecurity,health),inwhichDanishuniversitiescollaborate toestablishcollaboration withuniversitiesinAfricancountries.Twoof the fourplatformsare headedbyAarhusUniversity researchers. AarhusUniversityisagraduate universitywithamajorityof graduate students.Alongwithtraditional core activitiessuchasexcellentresearchandworld-classeducation,AarhusUniversityputsaspecial focuson talentdevelopment.One wayof doingthisisthroughflexible PhDstructuresthatallow for earlyrecruitmentandretentionof talent. AarhusUniversityhasbeenahighlyactive participantinthe BolognaProcessandisthe onlyDanish universitywiththe ECTS-Label. Fact File Founded:1928 Employees:11,000 Number ofstudents: 38,000 Numberof PhDs: 1,700 Turnover/profit: 712 millionEUR To read more aboutthe AarhusUniversity,please visit http://www.au.dk/en Please contactthe UllaGjørlingif youneedmore information:e-mail:ug@adm.au.dk
  8. 8. 8 RESEARCH THEME GROUP ACTIVITIES Wits and Uppsala: ‘Imagining America’ Over the past 20 months a productive partnership in research and postgraduate teaching has grown up between the School of Literature and Language Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Department of English at the University of Uppsala. The focus falls on ‘Imagining America’, or engaging both criticallyandcreativelywithAmericanliteratureandculture fromSouthernAfricanand/orScandinavian perspectives. The collaboration began when Professor Danuta Fjellestad invited Professor Merle Williams to a planningmeetinginUppsalainJanuary2009. Since thenthere have been three further academic visits, two to Wits and a return trip to Sweden; to date six staff members have participated directly in the exchange programme.Finance for2009 was providedbythe Universityof Uppsala.The literaryactivities undertaken this year have, however, been funded by SANORD, who have generously supported the development of a fledgling partnership. Each exchange has included research presentations by the visiting academics. Papers have covered a range of topics,fromthe canonical writingsof Nathaniel Hawthorne,HenryJamesandWallace Stevens, to the constructionof academicautobiographies,torepresentationsof native American orphanhood in contemporaryfiction.Thusindividual scholarshave beenencouragedtopursue theirspecialistinterests within a flexible collaboration. The partnershipiscommittedtosharingideasandresourcesforpostgraduate teachingandsupervision. Sitting in on each other’s courses has already paved the way for offering guest seminars at Master’s level.Moreover,the involvementof atleastone youngerlectureranticipates more considered capacity buildingthroughshort-terminternational exchanges, reinforced by appropriate mentoring at the host institution. ColleaguesfromUppsalaandWitsare now ready to embarkontheirfirstjointpublication.Guesteditors Liz Kella,DavidWatsonandMerle Williamsare currentlycirculatingthe call forpapersfor a forthcoming special issue of the Journal of Literary Studies on ‘Mending Wounds: Healing, Working Through, or StayinginTrauma?’.With itsgeographical emphasisonNorthAmerica and Southern Africa, this project aims to add a new theoretical dimension to trauma studies by exploring the multiple complexities of embodied suffering and its lasting scars. Submitted by Professor MA Williams, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  9. 9. 9 CONFERENCES, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, SUMMER/WINTER SCHOOLS SOUTHERN AFRICA The African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE) 2nd Conference in Kenya from 4-5 November 2010 THEME: Internationalizationof HigherEducationandResearchin Africa:RespondingtoOpportunitiesandChallenges. DATES: November4th -5th,2010 (arrival isWednesday,November 3rd 2010)s. VENUE: Speke Resort,Munyonyo, Kampala,Uganda. Internationalizationof highereducationpresentsseveralchallenges and newdevelopmentstohighereducationinAfrica.The Associationof AfricanUniversities(AAU),after the conference onWTO/GATSinAccra, Ghana in 2004, identifiedthe needtopromote greater availabilityof informationonthe internationaldimensionof highereducationinAfrica,promote more debate andincrease the understandingof thisaspectof highereducation. Toregistergoto http://www.anienetwork.org/content/anie-2nd-conference University of the Western Cape Land and Agrarian Studies at UWC Are you interestedinakeypolicyissue,i.e.the redistribution of landandthe restructuringof agrarian social relationsinsouthernAfrica? Wouldyoulike tostudylandreformand agrarianchange froma multi-disciplinary perspective,andenhance yourcapacityto criticallyanalyse policiesandprogrammes? POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMME APPLICATIONCLOSING DATE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 15 OCTOBER 2010. To download the postgraduate application for 2011, click here To download the postgraduate brochure, click here http://www.plaas.org.za/postgraduate- programme/plaas-postgraduate-programme-brochure.pdf University of Limpopo HELTASA Conference 2010, 23 – 25 November2010 Conference Theme: HigherDevelopment:AcademicExcellence,Opportunitiesand Challenges.The Centre forAcademicExcellence(CAE) will be hostingaHigher Educational LearningandTeachingAssociationof SouthernAfrica(HELTASA) 2010 Annual Conferencefrom23 to 25 November2010. Thiswill take place at Fairview RiverLodge,Tzaneen.The aim of thisconference istopromote qualityinhigher educationpractice throughthe creationof a synergisticnetworkinSouthernAfrica.Academics,Support Staff,Researchers,StudentsandPolicymakersare invitedtoshare theirexperiences. Toregisterandfor more informationregardingHELTASA Conference visit http://www.ul.ac.za/conf NORDIC DENMARK Aalborg University The DanishCentre for EnvironmentalAssessment (DCEA) andInternational AssociationforImpact Assessment(IAIA)are hostingthe European Special SymposiumonClimate Change &Impact Assessmenton25-26 October2010 and the
  10. 10. 10 NordicResearchDay onImpact Assessmenton27 October2010. The European Special Symposium is a chance for practitioners and researchers to meet and discuss current topics within climate change and impact assessment through interactive spaces and dialogue. The Nordic Research Day presents an opportunity for researchers to discuss current and potential research and ideas within impact assessment in a Nordic context. For more information click on the hyperlinks below: http://www.iaia.org/iaia-climate-symposium-denmark/ http://dcea.dk/english/NordicResearchDay/overview.aspx Aarhus UniversitySummerSchool 2011 Invitationto teach Startingin2011 Aarhus Universitylaunchesanextendedsummeruniversityprogramme: AUSummer Universityinitiatedbyastrongerinternational focus.Itconsistsof aportfolioof coursestaughtin Englishat Bachelor,Masterand PhDlevel withinthe fieldsof Humanities,Theology,Social Sciences, HealthSciences,Natural Sciences,Agri-cultural Sciences,BusinessandEducational Sciences.Formore information http://www.au.dk/en/summeruniversity/ausummeruniversity/ NORWAY Oslo University College The International SummerSchool at Oslo UniversityCollege will alsobe arrangedin2011. We will probablyofferthe following3courses:  Globalisation,DevelopmentandIssuesof Inter-CulturalUnderstanding  International PublicHealth  PhilosophyinSchool Applicationdeadline:1March 2011. For more informationclickhere: http://www.hio.no/index.php/hio/Welcome-to-OUC/Summer-School-2011 REPORT ON PAST EVENTS University of Bergen (UoB) hosted successful Bergen Summer Research School 2010 The Universityof Bergenhostedyetanothersuccessful summer school that focusedonthe theme “Global Health,seenin biomedical,social andcultural perspective”.Itisan initiative of the Bergenacademicmilieu’scommitment (NHH,CMI,HiBand University Research) toproduce anddisseminateresearch- basededucationtoaddresssome keyglobal challengesposed by an increasinglyknowledge-based,complex,multicultural, religiouslydiverse,andunequal global society. 115 PhD students(outof 260 applications) from42 countries(Uganda, Pakistan,USA,Nicaragua- to mentionafew) participatedinthe summerschool.The theme for2011 will be “Norms,Values,Language andCulture”.Formore informationaboutthe BergenSummerResearch School clickhere http://www.gdc.uib.no/
  11. 11. 11 Carin Norberg speaks about the Nordic Africa Days (NAD) conference in Finland Time,Space Africa; Nordic Africa Days to be hostedin Åbo “The conference inFinlandwillpromote the interestinAfricaandalsoaligntothe focuson Africainthe development cooperationprogrammesof all Nordic countries”,saysCarinNorberg,Directorof the NordicAfricaInstitute. Read more/…http://www.nai.uu.se/press/release/100927/ SANORD NEWS What is happening at our member institutions? University of the Western Cape (UWC) UWC RESEARCH REPOSITORY The Library islaunchingthe UWC Researchrepositorywebsite duringthe International OpenAccessWeek,18-22 October2010. Read more http://www.uwc.ac.za/index.php?module=cms&action=showfulltext&id=gen20Srv 23Nme0_88678_1285752105&parent=gen20Srv23Nme0_9912_1257932410 Life Changing Researchat UWC UWC isinthe forefrontof producingcuttingedge scientificresearchthat transformsthe livesof oursurroundingcommunities. The Departmentof Medical BiosciencesatUWC isone of the departmentsthatisconductinglife changing research.Currentlythe Departmentof Medical Biosciencesisconductingresearch on the contraceptive pill formales. Readmore http://www.uwc.ac.za/index.php?module=cms&action=showfulltext&id=gen20Srv 23Nme0_65675_1281686057&parent=gen20Srv23Nme0_9912_1257932410 University of Witwatersrand Minister opens Palaeosciences Centre at Wits The Ministerof Science andTechnologyNaledi Pandoropenedthe Palaeosciences Centre at WitsUniversityonFriday,17 September2010. The Centre,locatedjustopposite the OriginsCentre inBraamfontein,servesasthe home of the Institute forHumanEvolution,the BernardPrice Institute for Palaeontological Researchandthe JamesKitchingMuseum. The buildinghasalso beenrenovatedtosafelyarchive pricelesshominid,animal andplantfossils. Read more…http://web.wits.ac.za/NewsRoom/News.htm
  12. 12. 12 NORDIC DENMARK Aarhus University BuildingStronger Universities A workinggroupchairedbyRector LauritzB. Holm-Nielsenunderthe auspicesof UniversitiesDenmark has publishedthe report‘BuildingStrongerUniversitiesinDevelopingCountries’,whichhasasone of its keyparadigmsdevelopment andcapacitybuildingthroughstronghighereducationsectorsinlow- income countries.‘BuildingStrongerUniversities’portendsanew paradigmof equal partnerships betweenHEIsinhigh-income andlow-incomeregionsandrecommendsthatthe suggested collaborationtakesitspointof departure insevendevelopmentplatforms.Downloadthe publication BuildingStrongerUniversities Organic soya beansfrom Danish fieldsisa real possibility The possibilityof growingorganicsoyabeansinDenmarkisbecoming more and more realisticasresultsandexperience fromthe project ”Danish,organicgrowingof soya beansforfoodand fodder”are being gathered.Scientistsfromthe Facultyof Agricultural Sciences,Aarhus Universityleadthe project,thatisbeing carriedoutincollaboration withthe foodcompanyNaturli’FoodsA/Sandthe Knowledge Centre for Agriculture withfinancial supportfromthe Ministryof Food, Agriculture andFisheries. FINLAND University of Jyväskylä Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research https://www.jyu.fi/hum/laitokset/musiikki/en /research/coe University of Turku Substantial Funding for Conversion of Sunlight into Fuel The DirectFuel projectcoordinatedbythe Universityof Turku hasreceivedafundof over3.7 millioneurosfrom the EU. The aim of the four-yearprojectistodevelopa methodtoconvertsunlightdirectlyintofuelswiththe helpof photosyntheticmicrobes.The projectis coordinatedbyDr. Patrik Jones.The deputycoordinatoris Prof.Eva-Mari Aro. Read more ... http://www.utu.fi/en/content/news/directfuel_funding_from_EU.html or www.directfuel.eu
  13. 13. 13 ICELAND University of Iceland Computer-connected white cane Computersare more humanthan manyrealise.Human-computerinteractionis researchedwithinthe fieldof computerscience atthe Universityof Iceland.Itis an interdisciplinaryfieldwhichconnectscomputerscience tootheracademic schools,supportingabetterqualityof lifefordisabledindividualsinsociety.For the past fewyears,EbbaÞóra Hvannberg,Professorof ComputerScience, has researchedhuman-computerinteraction.A touchcane for the blindisone of her researchtopics.Readmore... http://www.hi.is/en/visindin/computer_connected_white_cane Creative solutions to engineering problems "The Facultyof Civil andEnvironmentalEngineeringencouragesclose cooperationbetweenstudentsandteachers.Thisoccurs,forinstance,through intensiveprojectwork,wherethe cooperationleadstocreative solutionsto engineeringproblems,"saysProfessorSigurðurM.Garðarsson.. "Cooperationbetweenfacultyteachersandprofessionalsattractsspecialists whobringdifferentperspectivestothe teaching,allowingstudentstosee solutionsfrommanydifferent viewpoints.Studentshave astronginfluence on faculty management,andtherefore able tomake theirviewsheard,whichresultsinacreative framing of knowledge disseminationtostudents. Readmore ... http://www.hi.is/en/visindin/creative_solutions_to_engineering_problems NORWAY University of Bergen Volcanoes steer the Atlantic’s temperature (Kim Andreassen) Regional climate variationssuchasthe longperiodof draughtin the USA during the 1930s, heatwavesinEurope duringrecentyearsand variationsinthe strengthof tropical hurricanesare connectedwithtemperaturevariationsinthe NorthAtlantic.Little isknownhowever,aboutwhythese sea-surface temperature variationsoccur. Scientistshave previouslyassumedthatdecadal climate variationsinthe Atlantic are the resultof changesinlarge ocean currents. Climate researchersfromthe UiB, the BjerknesCentre andthe NansenCentre have now shownthat violent volcaniceruptionsinfluence sea-surface temperaturesinthe NorthAtlantic. SWEDEN Karlstad University NEW MASTER COURSE ABOUT FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT Integratedfloodriskmanagement 15 ECTS credits,February-May2011 For more informationclickhere http://www1.kau.se/corral/intra.lasso?page_id=2655
  14. 14. 14 Lund University SWEDISH BIOFUELS DO HAVE MAJOR BENEFITS FOR THE CLIMATE 2010-09-20 For the firsttime,researchershave takenanoverall lookatSwedishbiofuelsandanalysedwhatimpact theyhave on the environment,bothinrelationtoone anotherandtothe fossil fuelalternativespetrol and diesel.The resultsshowthattheyproduce between65and 140 per centlessgreenhouse gas emissionsthanpetrol anddiesel,evenwhendirectandindirectlanduse changesare takenintoaccount. Indirectlanduse changeswere alsostudied. For more information,please contactPål Börjesson,Environmental andEnergySystemsStudies,Faculty of Engineering,LundUniversity,+46(0)46 222 86 42, +46 (0)768 82 04 06, Pal.Borjesson@miljo.lth.se . Readthe full report: http://www.miljo.lth.se/svenska/internt/publikationer_internt/pdf- filer/Report%2070%20-%20LCA%20of%20Biofuels%20(1).pdf Uppsala University ENTIRELY NEW DRUG FOR ALZHEIMER’S NOW BEING TESTED ON PATIENTS 2010-09-23 | Newsitem byAnneli Waara An entirelynewtype of pharmaceutical substance forAlzheimer’sdisease developedbyUppsala scientistsisnowstartingtobe clinicallytestedinthe US.It attacks the earlystage of the protein filamentsthatcause the disorder,so-calledprotofibrills.“Itwouldbe agiantstepforwardto have a drug that actuallytargetsthe fundamental cause,asopposedtomerelyalleviatingthe symptoms,astoday’s medicinesdo,”saysLarsLannfelt,professorof geriatricsatUppsalaUniversity.Formore information, please contactLars Lannfelt, lars.lannfelt@pubcare.uu.se SCILIFELAB UPPSALA LAUNCHESDEMONSTRATION PROJECTS 2010-09-14 | Newsitem by Anneli Waara Withcross-disciplinarycollaborationandlarge-scaletechnology,itispossible bothtocarryout pioneeringmedical researchandtobringbenefitstosociety.SciLifeLabUppsala (http://www.uu.se/en/node808) isnowdemonstratingthisinaseriesof projectsthatwill have achance to opennewpathways. For more information,please contactResearchDirectorKerstinLindblad-Toh,mobile:+46(0)70-324 23 36 or kerstin.lindblad-toh@imbim.uu.se SCHOLARSHIPS/FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES/AWARDS EUROSA Project - Erasmus Mundus Action 2 network The EUROSA project is an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Partnerships scholarship programme, funded by the European Commission. It is coordinated by the University of Antwerp and itpromotes mobility for students, researchers, academic and administrative staff from South Africa to Europe. It offers mobility grants to 88 South African master students, doctoral researchers and staff to spend a period abroad at one of the partner institutions. The EUROSA partnership is committedto contribute to the development of redressing past imbalances and to improve the participation rate of historically disadvantaged
  15. 15. 15 individuals in higher education. Capacity building and human development, with specific attention to vulnerable groups and excellent academic potential, are at the core of the project. It promotes the intercultural dialogue andinternational cooperationbetweenthe highereducationinstitutionsinvolved. Talented students from different regions and different social economic backgrounds will receive the unique opportunitytospendaperiodabroadand benefitlinguistically, culturally and socially from this intercultural experience in a new learning environment. The European partner universities include: University of Antwerp, Aarhus University (Denmark), University of Bologna (Italy), K.U.Leuven (Belgium), University of Leipzig (Germany), University of Ljubljana(Slovenia),LundUniversity(Sweden), Maastricht University (Netherlands), Vilnius University (Lithuania).The SouthAfricanpartnersare:Cape PeninsulaUniversity of Technology, University of Fort Hare, Universityof the Free State,Universityof Limpopo,Universityof Pretoria,StellenboschUniversity, Universityof Venda and University of the Western Cape. The partnership is supported by 4 associated partners:International EducationAssociationof SouthAfrica(IEASA),SouthAfricanTechnologyNetwork (SATN),SouthernAfrican - Nordic Centre (SANORD) and VLIR-UOS (Flemish University Cooperation for Development). *********************** EMA2SA Project- Erasmus MundusAction 2 network The Universityof the WesternCape alongwithitscounterpartuniversitiesinthe WesternCape and NelsonMandelaMetropolitanUniversity(NMMU) have joinedforceswitheightEuropeanuniversitiesin the 'Erasmus MundusAction2 for South Africa'or the Erasmus MundusAction2 network(ema2sa network). The awardisone of three grantsmade to SouthAfricanuniversitieswhichexceeds€1.6 million,andwasmade underthe ErasmusMundusinitiativeof the EuropeanUnion(EU).The projectis intendedtofosterinstitutional co-operationinhighereducationbetweenthe EUand SouthAfrica throughstudentandacademicexchanges. Erasmus MundusAction2 fostersinstitutional co-operationinthe fieldof highereducationbetweenthe EU and ThirdWorldCountriesthrougha mobilityscheme addressingstudentandacademicexchanges for the purpose of studying,teaching,trainingandresearch. Itisanticipatedthat106 SouthAfricanswill benefitfromthe scholarshipscheme,andwill be able tospendbetweenone and35 monthsat one of the EU partneringuniversitiesnamelythe Universityof Leuven,Belgium;Freie UniversitatBerlin, Germany;Pierre etMarie Curie Universite,Paris;KarolinskaInstitutet,Stockholm;MasarykUniversity, Brno; Universidadde Granada,Spain;Universityof Amsterdam, Netherlands;andthe Universityof Antwerp,Belgium.The associate memberof the networkisthe Cape HigherEducationConsortium (CHEC).ApplicationsopenedonOctober1st ,2010 and endon December1st ,2010. For the EMA2SA call see http://www.ema2sa.eu/ toapplyonline. The call forapplicationsisopentoall SouthAfrican nationals. For more informationaboutthe Universityof the WesternCape contactProf Lorna Holtman,Director: Postgraduate Studiesat 021 9592451 021 or lholtman@uwc.ac.za
  16. 16. 16 SAPIENT Project - Erasmus MundusAction 2 network Combiningexistingqualitative partnershipsbetweenIRUN andtheirSouthAfricanpartnersstrengthens the ties,givesanextraimpulse andgivesparticipatingpartnersthe possibilitytowidentheirnetworkin Europe and SouthAfrica. The consortiumhas a strongbelief inspreadingandsharingknowledge inapeople-topeopleway,not onlyforthe individualsinvolvedbutalsoforthe whole institutionandeventhe whole society.The proposedprojectistofurtherdevelopandprofessionalize amobilityschemeforSouthAfricanstudents and academicstaff andwill have the followingoutcomes:  institutional cooperationbetweenawell-establishednetworkof Europeanresearch-intensive universities(International ResearchUniversitiesNetwork,IRUN) andtheirexistingpartnersin SouthAfrica,whichwill contribute tothe mutual enrichmentof the participatinguniversities and theirsocieties.  increasedacademiccompetences,language skillsaswell associal andintercultural competences of studentsandstaff participatinginthe programme improvedemployabilityof SouthAfrican studentsandscientificstaff For more informationaboutthe SAPIENTProjectclickhere http://www.ru.nl/sapientmundus/about- us/about-sapient/ SWEDEN Nordic Africa Institute, Travel Scholarships 2011 The scholarshipscanbe appliedforbyresearchersassociatedwithuniversities,collegesandother researchinstitutionsinthe Nordiccountries.Deadline forapplications:31 January2011. http://www.nai.uu.se/scholarships/travel/ More informationaboutscholarshipsclickhere: http://www.nai.uu.se/scholarships/ DENMARK Danida Travel Grants for Master Students. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Closing Date for Application: November 1, 2010, at 12:00. http://www.dfcentre.dk/?Research_Projects:Travel_Grants RESEARCH REPORTS WHITE PAPER on AFRICA-EUROPEHIGHER EDUCATION COOPERATION FOR DEVELOPMENT: MEETING REGIONALAND GLOBAL CHALLENGES Outcomesandrecommendationsof the project: “AccesstoSuccess: FosteringTrustand Exchange betweenEurope andAfrica“(2008-2010). Readmore/... http://www.eua.be//Libraries/Publications_homepage_list/Africa- Europe_Higher_Education_Cooperation_White_Paper_EN_FR.sflb
  17. 17. 17 University of the Western Cape, PLAAS FORTHCOMING BOOK "Zimbabwe'sLandReform: Myths and Realities" ScoonesI,Marongwe N, Mavedzenge B,MaheneheneJ, MurimbarimbaF andSukume C (2010, forthcoming) Zimbabwe’sLandReform:MythsandRealities.James Currey, Oxford/WeaverPress,Harare by IanScoones From early2000, headlinesaroundthe worldreportedthe invasionof Zimbabwe’slargelywhite-ownedcommercial farmsin dramaticterms.Thiswas ‘Mugabe’slandgrab’, withan ‘unruly’,‘violentmob’of warveteranslootingand destroyingpropertyacrossthe country.Zimbabwe,itwas claimed,hadbeenturnedfrom‘breadbasket’to‘basket case’.Zimbabwe’ssubsequenteconomiccollapse and widespreadfoodinsecuritywere attributedtothe ‘chaotic’ landreform,where propertyandhumanrightswere violatedandsuccessful commercial farminghad beentransformedintounderutilisedplotsrunby‘political cronies’withnoknowledgeorinterestin farming.Readmore ... http://www.plaas.org.za/newsevents/news/forthcoming-book-zimbabwes-land-reform-myths- and-realities SOUTHERN AFRICAN – NORDIC NEWS The African Networkfor Internationalizationof Education (ANIE) ANIEis an independent,non-profitmaking,non-governmental Africannetworkcommittedtothe advancementof highqualityresearch,capacitybuildingandadvocacyoninternationalizationof higher educationwithprime focusonAfrica.ANIEisa membershipbasedassociationservingitsmembers, theirinstitutionsandorganizations,andothersengagedunderstandinginternationalization.Clickhere for more informationhttp://www.anienetwork.org/ The SouthernAfrican Regional UniversitiesAssociation(SARUA) Clickon the followinghyperlinkstoaccessthe regional highereducationnews: http://www.sarua.org/?q=content/he-news-volume-3-issue-5 http://www.sarua.org/?q=content/he-news-volume-3-issue-3 The Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) http://www.nai.uu.se/ Clickhere toviewthe NAInewsandtheirnewsletter: http://www.nai.uu.se/newsletter/nai/2010/09/03/0070/index.xml?__xsl=newsletter-email.xsl&hide- link=1 http://www.nai.uu.se/press/articles/
  18. 18. 18 Newsfrom NordForsk, March 2010 NordForsk isa Nordicresearchboard withresponsibilityforcooperationonresearchandresearcher traininginthe Nordicregion.The organisationfocusesonresearchareasinwhichthe Nordic countriesare internationalleaders,andpromotesresearchandresearchertrainingof high international calibre. Latestnews: Clickhere toread more about newsitemsabove -http://www.nordforsk.org/ University World News Clickhere toaccess the website: http://www.universityworldnews.com/ Clickhere forthe global edition: http://www.universityworldnews.com/index.php?page=UW_Main Clickhere forthe Africaedition: http://www.universityworldnews.com/index.php?page=Africa_Edition News from SciDev.Net, October 2010 For the latestSciDevnews onSub-SaharanAfricaclickhere http://www.scidev.net/en/sub-suharan- africa/ Finnish University Partnership for International Development – UniPID Readtheirlatestnewsletters: August newsletterhttps://www.jyu.fi/hallinto/unipid/en/news/August%202010%20Newsletter Danish Development Research Network (DDRN) Clickhere toaccess theirlatestnewsletter: http://ddrn.dk/ddrn_activities-newsletters.html ******************************************* Our next newsletter will be published on 30 January 2011.If you wish to have an announcement published in the next SANORD Newsletter, please send an email to Leolyn Jackson ljackson@uwc.ac.za by 17 January 2010. SANORD CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACT DETAIL The SouthernAfrican-NordicCentre (SANORD) Visitingaddress: The Universityof the WesternCape School of GovernmentBuilding Private BagX17, Bellville,7535 SouthAfrica Office Tel.: +27 21 959 3802 (MaureenDavis:Administrator) +27 21 959 3827 (LeolynJackson: Director) WebPortal address: http://www.sanord.net

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