International Collaborations: how do we shift the power towards Africa?

20 July 2020 | Video editing Aeysha Abrahams. Photo Gerd Altmann, Pixabay.


The University of Cape Town (UCT) hosted the second conversation in its series of digital events aimed at reimagining the new global university on Monday 13 July 2020.

The second event focused on whether or not the disruption to the current higher education model can bring about a shift in the centre of gravity in international collaborations and help us to reimagine a different approach that empowers African institutions to take the lead in collaborative projects and partnerships both within and outside the continent.


  • Mamokgethi Phakeng, vice-chancellor, UCT


  • Salome Maswime, obstetrician, gynaecologist and professor in global surgery, UCT


  • Rifat Atun, professor in global health systems, Harvard University, United States
  • Kelly Chibale, professor in organic chemistry, director of H3D, UCT, South Africa
  • Catherine Odora Hoppers, professor extraordinarius, UNISA, South Africa and professor in development education, Gulu University, Uganda
  • Kevin Marsh, director of the Africa Oxford Initiative, University of Oxford, United Kingdom and senior adviser at the African Academy of Sciences, Kenya


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