Shifting the centre of gravity in international collaborations

10 July 2020 | Story Staff writer. Photo Christina Morillo, Pexels. Read time 2 min.

Download the brochueThe next instalment in the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) series of challenging conversations – Unleashing the new global university – is scheduled for Monday 13 July 2020. Both international and local speakers are taking part in this stimulating series of virtual events.

The second conversation will focus 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.

UCT vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng will host the event, which will be moderated by obstetrician, gynaecologist, and professor in global surgery Salome Maswime.

Participants include:

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

Join here at 17:30 (CAT/SAST) on Monday 13 July.

Unleashing the new global university

Unleashing the new global university is a series of virtual events in which we invite innovative, international and local speakers to have challenging conversations that help us rethink global collaborations for a sustainable and equitable planet.

Video footage from the first event is available here, along with news and details on upcoming events.


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