The Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Partnerships Prof Jesika Singh presented the pitch which was well-received during the 13th annual conference hosted digitally recently in Norway by the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) and the University of Bergen.
Among many objectives, SANORD looks to stimulate multilateral research and innovation. This is achieved through researchers who team up across institutional, disciplinary, and national boundaries. The researchers identify academic fields and research topics where sharing of resources and expertise will expand the capacity and achievements of each member.
The Local Organising Committee Chairperson, Dr. Thembinkosi Mabila, who is also Director of the Department of Research Administration and Development at UL, disclosed that the institution has already developed a working document regarding the hosting of the conference in December 2022. “We are working with the SANORD Central Office at the University of the Western Cape to ensure the success of next year’s conference,” said Dr Mabila, who added that the university plans to offer many activities such as webinars, seminars, and guest lectures gearing up to the conference.
Dr. Mabila stated that by hosting the conference, UL would be able to solidify its position as a member of this dynamic organisation. He noted that the opportunity will also allow UL researchers involved in specialty areas connected with SANORD’s focus areas to closely explore new areas of collaboration and partnerships.
“Most significantly, emerging researchers who may find it difficult to gain access to international platforms will have the opportunity to interact with a diverse range of scholars from the Southern African Community as well as those from Nordic countries,” added Dr. Mabila.