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The Southern African – Nordic Centre (SANORD) is a non-profit, membership organisation of institutions of higher education and research, committed to advancing strategic, multilateral academic collaboration between institutions in the two regions, as they seek to address new local and global challenges of innovation and development. Its activities are based on shared fundamental values of democracy, social equity, and academic engagement, and on the deep relationships of trust built up between the regions over many years

The Southern African-Nordic Centre (SANORD) was launched in December 2006 and officially established in January 2007 by seven (7) founding members. SANORD is governed according to its Statutes and its Council consists of the principals of all member institutions or his/her nominee. ​