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Projects and Initiatives

In order to better take stock of current work being done in the realm of doctoral education, ‘Projects and Initiatives’ presents information about projects being carried out by organizations related to postgraduate training and management. Projects listed here share a common focus, all or in part, on African higher education.

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SUN logo Stellenbosch University

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The University is amongst South Africa's leading tertiary institutions based on research output, student pass rates and rated scientists, and is recognised internationally as an academic institution of excellence. It boasts the highest weighted research output per full-time academic staff member of all South African universities and the second-highest number of scientists in South Africa who have been rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF). It also has the highest student success rate in the country.


Tasks: Training, Network, Research, South-South Relations

Target: PhD Students, Academic Staff, Deans

Country: South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, Cameroon, Egypt


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ADA - African Doctoral Academy

The main aim of the ADA is to ensure a strong profile on doctoral training for doctoral candidates (current and aspiring), postdoctoral fellows and supervisors, at Stellembosch University, other Higher Education Institutions in South Africa and further afield in Africa.

The ADA continues its current successful offerings for capacity development at doctoral level through offering Summer and Winter Schools in Research Methods on an annual basis, as well as methodology and analysis workshops to provide hands-on skills training. Significant emphasis will be put on expanding these offerings to all disciplines and on providing training related to multidisciplinary research. ‚ÄčAs a dimension of capacity building, networking encourages relationships at a number of levels. Currently SU has partnered with a number of institutions and programs that include 14 active bilateral agreements with higher education institutions in Africa, and is part of the Intra-ACP Mobility programme, PANGeA and PeriPeriU.

These offerings and initiatives tie in with the African Research Universities Alliance's goals, launched in March 2015. The three main ARUA would like to focus on, include "improving training and support for PhD students, capacity building to enhance research management, and collaborative research".

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CREST - Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology  

The Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) was established as a research centre on the 1st of January 1995 in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University. In January 2010 it also became an academic department in the same Faculty. As a research centre its work covers the broad fields of bibliometrics and scientometrics, research on higher education knowledge production, human resources in science and technology, research evaluation and impact assessment studies and studies on the communication patterns of scientists. As an academic department it hosts five post-graduate programmes in Monitoring and Evaluation Studies and Science and Technology Studies. Since the 1st of April 2014 it hosts the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and since the 1st of January 2015 the SARCHI Chair in Science Communication.

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DRUSSA - Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa  

The DRUSSA programme aims to improve the accessibility, uptake and utilisation of locally contextualised development research evidence on climate change and environment, health, information, education, governance, food security, and livelihoods to inform sub-Saharan and global development policy and practice.

The DRUSSA Programme partnership consists of three entities:
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) London, UK (lead); The Centre for Research into Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at the University of Stellenbosch South Africa; Organisation Systems Design (OSD), Cape Town South Africa.


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