New African Partnership

New African Partnership

Written by Mark Swilling on 2011-09-20 08:00:35
Sustainability Institute to be involved in capacity building in Africa

A new partnership of African Universities has been established to coordinate capacity building strategies for the teaching of sustainability, with a special focus on climate change adaptation and resource efficiency. Called TreccAfrica, the founding meeting of this partnership will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 3-5 October, 2011.

The participating Universities are Stellenbosch University, Mekelle University in Ethiopia, University of Nairobi, University of Dar Es Salaam, University of Ghana and University of Ntsuka in Nigeria. Stellenbosch University is represented by the Sustainability Institute, School of Public Leadership and the TsamaHub. This partnership recieved funds from the Open Society Institute's African Climate Change Adaptation Initiative (ACCAI) as well as from the the African Union's funding to promote staff and student mobility between African Universities. To secure the AU funds, the ACCAI partners plus Stellenbosch University established an initiative called Training in Resource Efficiency and Climate Change in Africa (TreccAfrica). This partnership now has funds from both these sources for the next 5 years. The resources will build a new intellectional partnership rooted in the African context. It will result in increased capacity of African Universities to teach masters and doctoral degrees in sustainability, with special reference to climate change and resource efficiency. Every years masters and doctoral students will be spending up to ten months per student studying at another African University.The travel, tuition fees and accommodation costs will be covered by the funds available.