SANORD Strategy 2022 Document

Strategy 2022


Designed to further multilateral academic cooperation between the Southern African and Nordic regions

The Southern African-Nordic Centre (SANORD) was launched in December 2006 and officially established in January 2007 by seven founding members. SANORD is a non-profit university network committed to provide a forum to advance academic collaboration between the Nordic and the southern African regions. The SANORD network seeks to address sustainable development and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals through joint Activities of research, education and other activities relevant for the member institutions. The SANORD activities are based on academic quality, academic freedom and fundamental values of democracy, human rights, equity and diversity.

Goals

  • Provide a forum for members and other partners
  •  Promote collaboration between southern African and Nordic higher education institutions
  • Address regional and global challenges of research, innovation and development
  • Promote academic quality, academic freedom and joint values Adopted by the SANORD Council on 1 December 2017
Actions for Goal 1

  • Provide a forum for members and other partners
  • Arrange the annual SANORD conference, every two years in the south and every other year in the north.
  • Responsible party: Board, SANORD Central Office (SCO), the local organizing committee (LOC).
  • Initiate a process to increase the number of members from 45 to 50 in which applications from SADC-countries not yet represented in SANORD are promoted and prioritised.
    Responsible party: SCO.
  • Arrange calls for proposals on SANORD Special Interest Groups for scholars at SANORD institutions within a specific thematic field of study or an administrative field of work, with the purpose to offer a platform for collaboration, meetings and arranging seminars/parallel sessions at the annual SANORD conferences.
  • Responsible party: SCO and LOC.
  • Invite funders and other relevant partners to the annual SANORD conference and other SANORD activities.Responsible party: SCO, LOC with the support from SANORD member institutions.
  • Invite institutional leaders and staff to promote and participate in the annual SANORD conference and other SANORD activities.
  • Responsible party: SANORD member institutions, SCO.
Actions for Goal 2

  • Promote collaboration between southern African and Nordic higher education institutions
  • Arrange calls for, and award, SANORD Theme Group planning grants with the purpose to host academic and research related workshops, conferences and discussions.
  • Responsible party: SCO, Nominations Committee (NC).
  • Arrange calls for, and award partial scholarship funding for master students’ visit from a southern SANORD member institution to a Nordic SANORD member institution through the Brian O’Connell scholarship programme.
  • Responsible party: SCO, NC.
  • Invite members to arrange workshops and abstract sessions for PhD-candidates, administrative staff, scholars and institutional leaders, at the annual conference and other activities.
  • Responsible party: SCO, LOC, SANORD member institutions.
  • Invite members to participate in externally funded projects.
  • Responsible party: SCO, SANORD member institutions.
  • Promote joint publications between north and south institutions in relation to SANORD activities.
  • Responsible party: Board, SCO, SANORD member institutions.
Actions for Goal 3

  • Address regional and global challenges of research, innovation and development
  • Set up relevant themes and subthemes for conferences and workshops.
  • Responsible party: Board, SCO, LOC, SANORD member institutions.
  • Invite members to arrange SANORD events such as conferences, seminars, lectures or similar, that profiles work related to the north-south cooperation.
  • Responsible party: Board, SCO, SANORD member institutions.
  • Request and promote dissemination of results from SANORD activities such as theme groups and interest groups at SANORD conferences and symposia, and to external stakeholders.
  • Responsible party: SCO, SANORD member institution.
  • Arrange and promote a process to stimulate collaboration with governments, private sector or civil society.
  • Responsible party: Board, SCO, SANORD member institutions.
  • Identify and approach stakeholders that will add value to the SANORD mission.
  • Responsible party: SCO, SANORD member institutions.
  • Initiate a revision of the Strategy 2022 well in advance of the strategy ceasing to be valid which is at the end of year 2022.
  • Responsible party: Board.
Actions for Goal 4

  • Promote academic quality, academic freedom and joint values
  • Invite members to arrange activities related to academic quality at the annual conference and other SANORD activities.
  • Responsible party: SCO, LOC, SANORD member institutions.
  • Encourage participants in the annual SANORD conference and in other funded SANORD activities to visit member institutions with the purpose to hold lectures, workshops or other activities to discuss and  strengthen academic quality.
  • Responsible party: SCO, SANORD member institutions.
  • Highlight the requirement of female participation in all SANORD activities such as the annual conference and funded activities.
  • Responsible party: Board, SCO, LOC, NC, SANORD member institutions.
  • In each call for applications for the Brian O´Connell Scholarships, ensure that at least 50% of the scholarships are awarded to female MSc-students.
  • Responsible party: SCO, NC.
  • Inform specifically that SANORD welcomes participation of underrepresented minority groups and people with disabilities in the annual conference and other activities.
  • Responsible party: SCO, LOC, SANORD member institutions.
  • Contribute to the ongoing debate, arrange specific session, and promote related academic activities on academic freedom.
  • Responsible party: SCO, LOC, SANORD member institutions.

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Call for Proposals to host the 2021 and 2022 Annual Conferences

SANORD Board is pleased to inform you that the Call for Proposals to host the 2021 and 2022 Annual Conferences are now open.

Dear all friends of the SANORD community. 

The organising committee follows the pandemic situation closely. Many of us in the SANORD community are now busy working around challenges and solutions for our respective campuses, and for many the work situation has been challenged by the situation. 

We have therefore decided to postpone the deadline for submission of abstracts until April 20th. Registrations will be possible from April 1st. 

As of now, we plan to organise SANORD 2020 9-11 September, as scheduled. We will, however, adjust if governmental and institutional advice informs us otherwise. This will be clarified at a later stage, and we will keep you updated here. 

We sincerely hope to see you in a healthy Bergen in September! 

Stay healthy,

The SANORD 2020 team

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