The conference was held from 14 to 16 October 2016 in Cape Town. The aim of this event was to answer the emerging question about higher education’s response, through innovation, to sustainable development goals in a changing world.
Both universities are currently regional members of the IAUP. They represent young and innovative institutions renowned for innovation and applied research.
The focus of this conference was on the role of science, technology and innovation in addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as international partnerships for sustainable development.
CUT spokesperson, Dan Maritz, said the CUT is proud to be part of this prestigious international partnership and the partnership attests to the kind of work being done at the CUT with regards to creating sustainable partnerships within the education sector.
“We are proud to have achieved this important milestone, which sets the tone for us (CUT) as a resource in the region. For us to have this partnership with CPUT, to host this important conference, I think it shows that we are an important partner, especially on the international front,” he added.
The IAUP is a non-profit organisation of university chief executives from higher education institutions around the world that promotes global awareness and competence as well as peace and international understanding through education.
It was established as a result of the need for member universities to ensure that universities continue to support and reinforce cultural diversities that are vital for sustaining the development of personal identities, social cohesion and human creativity.
The association is committed to creating cross-border partnerships which will benefit these universities and contribute to South Africa’s status as a competitor and participant in world markets.
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