Networks and Consortia

Stellenbosch University enjoys membership of several African-based and international consortia, through which the university engages with institutions around the world. Consortia and partnerships are arranged according to specific focus areas, and the university joins these based on their significance in higher education.


The International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA), a non-profit organisation, was established as a result of the need for universities and universities of technology in South Africa to respond to international educational trends. If South Africa is to remain competitive within the global economic environment it is important that our higher education provides opportunities for students to obtain a global perspective to their studies.  IEASA website


The Southern African-Nordic Centre (SANORD) is a partnership of higher education institutions from all the Nordic countries and southern Africa. Its primary aim is to promote multilateral research cooperation on matters of importance to the development of both regions. There are currently 42 members. SANORD is committed to advancing strategic, multilateral academic collaboration between institutions in the two regions, as they seek to address new local and global challenges of innovation and development. Its activities are based on shared fundamental values of democracy, social equity, and academic engagement, and on the deep relationships of trust built up between the regions over many years.  ​​​​SANORD website


The Agence Universitaire De La Francophonie (AUF), brings together more than 800 French-language academic institutions in more than 100 countries. It is one of the largest associations of higher education and research institutions in the world. It is also the operator for higher education and research of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of countries with French in common. AUF website


The Association of African Universities (AU), is the apex organization and forum for consultation, exchange of information and co-operation among institutions of higher education in Africa. It represents the voice of higher education in Africa on regional and international bodies and supports networking by institutions of higher education in teaching, research, information exchange and dissemination.  AAU website


Academic Consortium 21 (AC21) is an international academic consortium comprised of higher education institutions from around the world. It was established in 2002 at the initiative of Nagoya University, with the aim of creating an academic network that transcends borders to address global issues by sharing knowledge and expertise. The network is managed by the AC21 General Secretariat located at Nagoya University.  Visit the website for the latest information here. AC21 website


International education is the cornerstone for building a more understanding and peaceful world. With more than 10,000 members worldwide, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the leading organization committed to international education and exchange, working to advance policies and practices that build global citizens with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today's interconnected world.  NAFSA website


European Association for International Education (EAIE) a non-profit, member-led organisation serving individuals actively involved in the internationalisation of their institutions through a combination of training, conferences and knowledge acquisition and sharing. We equip academic and non-academic professionals with best practices and workable solutions to internationalisation challenges and provide a platform for strategic exchange. We partner with key stakeholder organisations and institutions to promote our membership interests, and advance international higher education in Europe and the rest of the world.  EAIE website

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