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Strategic Partnerships

UWC’s internationalisation strategy is underpinned by the principles of reciprocity, equity and mutual respect. We partner with institutions across a broad spectrum of research areas and academic programmes, with the goal of forging long-term sustainable relationships that aim to create new knowledge, build on existing scholarship and collaboratively address the global challenges facing humanity.

UWC’s network of international partners ensures an exciting exchange of students and eminent scholars from other countries to enrich the intellectual engagement between the Global North and the Global South. There is a strong and growing relationship with tertiary institutions in Africa, Europe and the Americas, as well as with China and the Asian-Pacific region. These affiliations lead to research partnerships, capacity-building and a mobility of knowledge talent to and from the university. UWC students, graduates and alumni have excelled in programmes abroad, and international students return to their home countries as global ambassadors, having thrived at UWC.

The Nordic scholarly partnerships with the universities of Bergen, Western Norway, Uppsala, Lund and Karlstad have borne fruit in the form of academic exchanges and innovative joint research, and have expanded into Biosciences, Business Innovation in the Economic and Management Sciences, Arts, Dentistry, Social Sciences and Health Sciences.

The South Africa-Sweden co-operation focuses on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is embodied by the South African Sweden Universities Forum (SASUF), which brings together researchers, funders, administrators and management from both countries to engage and drive a joint research agenda in several thematic areas.

UWC’s African-centred identity and nature has been enhanced by partnerships across Africa, with institutions such as Frantz Fanon University in Somaliland, Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique and the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. These institutions have joined existing African partnerships to focus on addressing the global challenges of our time.