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Nelson Mandela University recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) renewing their commitment to a mutually beneficial and equitable partnership, which will advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Respectively represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Internationalisation, Dr Thandi Mgwebi, and the Vice-Chancellor of SLU, Professor Maria Knutson Wedel, the two universities signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) on the side-lines of the SASUF Research and Innovation Week hosted by the University of Western Cape over the period 29 to 31 March 2023.

Activities linked to the first agreement signed by the two institutions in 2012 were spearheaded by the Centre for African Conservation Ecology (ACE) at Nelson Mandela University, under the leadership of Prof Graham Kerley and the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Sciences at SLU led by Prof Joris Cromsigt.

Highlights from this collaboration included over 40 peer reviewed publications, six book chapters, an edited book, 28 masters and doctoral graduates and a joint PhD course offered to more than 34 students across the African continent and Europe. 

It is envisaged that the new MoU will build on this initial success and expand the disciplinary spread of the partnership.