Swedish higher education delegation visits TUT to showcase joint research work and explore further collaboration opportunities

by Phaphama Tshisikhawe

25 April 2023

The South Africa-Sweden University Forum (SASUF) is a strategic internationalisation project aimed at fostering stronger ties between South Africa and Sweden in the areas of research, education, and innovation. To this end, SASUF organised the SASUF Research and Innovation Week 2023, which took place from 27 – 31 March, 2023, at the University of the Western Cape.

As part of the pre-event activities, SASUF facilitated satellites events in various universities across the country to showcase research work conducted under this important bilateral cooperation between the two countries. For its satellite event, the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) hosted Uppsala University and Umeå University from Sweden. 

In addition to showcasing the current research work, potential opportunities for further collaboration were explored with Swedish universities.

Areas for Collaboration
During the visit, TUT academics made presentations and engaged in Q&A sessions, providing insights into the current collaboration between TUT and Swedish universities, both bilaterally and within the SASUF networks. The discussions highlighted several areas for enhanced collaborative activities, including Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Social Sciences, Teaching and Learning, and Tourism and Hospitality.

In her welcoming address, Dr Papu-Zamxaka said it was heart-warming to see the University’s collaborations with the international community, in particular the SASUF Network growing. 

She said the satellite event is perceived as an opportunity to take TUT’s local and indigenous knowledge including best practices to the international community, while at the same time harnessing international epistemologies.

“I am hopeful that this event will materialise into extension of our collaboration with our Swedish partners; Uppsala University and Umeå University and further strengthen ties with our sister universities; North - West University and University of Pretoria.”

In conclusion, Dr Papu-Zamxaka said “As a People’s University that aims at making Knowledge work, we have a responsibility to deliver cutting-edge research, high quality education, and radical innovation to support and drive sustainable development. 

“With no shadow of doubt, I am confident that the deliberations in this event will bring fruitful scientific collaborations. In line with our drive to produce future-ready graduates, we hope our students will take advantage of the lessons delivered by this event,” said Dr Papu-Zamxaka. 

For more information on the Tshwane University of Technology, please contact Phaphama Tshisikhawe, Corporate Affairs and Marketing.
Tel: +27 12 382 4711   Email: tshisikhawerpt@tut.ac.za