AFRICAN - NORDIC CENTRE
amended 8 December 2009
1. Unless the context otherwise indicates,
“Southern African region” comprises the following countries: Angola, Botswana,
the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius,
Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania,
Zambia and Zimbabwe.
2. Unless the context otherwise indicates,
“Nordic region” comprises the following countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland,
1. The name of the organization is the
Southern African - Nordic Centre (hereinafter referred to as the “Centre”).
2. The Centre is a juristic person in terms of
South African Law and can sue or be sued in its own name.
3. The Centre is a non-profit organization.
4. The seat of the Centre is at the University
of the Western Cape. The relationship between the University of the Western
Cape and the Centre shall be regulated by an agreement to be entered into
between the Centre and the University of the Western Cape.
The Southern African – Nordic Centre 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
1. The founding members of the Centre are the
University of Aarhus, the University of Bergen, the University of Malawi, the
University of Turku, Uppsala University, the University of the Western Cape and
the University of Zambia.
2. Institutions of higher education, research
or academic networking in the Southern African region and in the Nordic region
may apply for membership of the Centre.
3. Applications for membership will be decided
upon by the Executive Board.
1. The Council of the Centre consists of the
Vice-Chancellors/Principals, or their respective alternates, of those
institutions that are members of the Centre
2. The Director of the Centre is in
attendance, without voting rights, at meetings of the Council and is responsible
for the minutes.
3. One-third plus one of the members of the
Council constitutes a quorum at meetings of the Council. One half plus one of
the institutions represented constitutes a majority.
4. The Council elects a Chairperson and a
Vice-Chairperson. The term of office of the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson is
5. The Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson
are to represent different regions
6. The Chairpersonship of the Council shall
rotate between the two regions.
The Council is tasked to:
appoint the Board and to fill vacancies on the Board;
establish policy on matters and strategy related to the Centre and its
approve the annual budget and annual report, including the annual financial
statements of the Centre; and
consider recommendations from the Board.
8. Every three years the Council appoints a
Nominations Committee consisting of 6 members, 3 from each region, to advise it
on the election of Officers/Committees.
9. The Council meets annually, normally in
conjunction with the Annual Conference. Special Council meetings can be called
by the Executive Board or at least ten per cent of the Council members with at
least thirty days’ notice.
1. The management of the affairs of the Centre
shall be vested in the Board.
The Board consists of:
the Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson of the Council
six other members of the Council who are designated by the Council for a period
of office of two years; and
the Director of the Centre who is always in attendance but without the right to
vote, and who is responsible for the minutes.
3. Members of the Board whose period of office
has expired are eligible for re-election.
4. The Council normally designates the members
of the Board from the nominations made to the Council by the Nominations
5. One-half plus one of the voting members of
the Board constitutes a quorum at meetings of the Board.
6. The Board appoints the Director of the
Centre and such other staff members as may be required to carry out the
operations of the Centre.
7. The Board makes recommendations on
financial matters to the Council.
8. The annual financial statements and annual
report are submitted annually to the Council for approval.
9. The Board is entitled to establish
sub-committees and working groups.
10. The Board may meet utilizing
First Amendment dated 17 January 2007
Second Amendment dated 25 March 2008