2014 International Forum
Science for Society: Higher Education as Builder of Hope
7th AC21 International Forum 2014
“In a world weaved together by a global economy, universities have become major players in supporting sustainable development” (Nico Cloete, Peter Maassen and Teboho Moja, IIE Networker, Spring 2013 issue).
Higher education institutions in Africa face an unprecedented opportunity to play a constructive and critical role in Africa's development. After decades of decay Africa is now the fastest growing continent. This is mirrored in science: Africa’s research output grew 22 per cent faster than the overall world rate between 2005 and 2010. However, much still needs to be done to ensure that Africa's universities play the key knowledge role in society that universities in other regions are occupying: “In furtherance of their developmental role, higher education institutions should aim to gain the support of universities in other developing and developed regions around the globe. The impact of bilateral and multilateral collaboration can be increased by moving beyond a narrow conception of institutional advancement, embracing instead the much broader idea of international knowledge coalitions for human development” (Professor Russel Botman, AC21 Newsletter 2012).
In the spirit of promoting cooperation in education and research between members and bridging different societies in the interest of arriving at a shared understanding of the role of higher education in development and the instrumental role that international coalitions can play in achieving this, the 7th AC21 International Forum (IF) will be hosted by Stellenbosch University (SU) in South Africa. (www.sun.ac.za) in South Africa from 13 – 16 April 2014 at Spier Wine Farm, () located just outside of Stellenbosch.
The dates and venue
The 7th AC21 International Forum, taking place from 13 – 16 April 2014, will be hosted by Stellenbosch University in South Africa, at Spier Wine Farm, located just outside Stellenbosch.