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Strategic Partnerships Office

The Strategic Partnerships Office is a division of the DVC – Research, Postgraduate Affairs and Strategic Partnerships.

We focus on three areas:

  • Brokering Partnerships on behalf of the university
  • Publicising and administering various Funding Opportunities for staff and student  exchanges and some research funding opportunities
  • Arranging Visits for academic and government delegates to Wits
  • Managing and administering Erasmus+

Click on the map below for a list of our partners in each country. At the end of each list, a link to the Wits Partnerships database is available to Wits staff only.

Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) maintains and seeks out new partnerships with other organisations (universities, research bodies, government departments etc.) on and beyond the African continent. Through these linkages, and working closely with academic departments, SPO is able to facilitate opportunities for Wits staff and students to participate in research collaborations, student and staff exchanges etc.

The university is a member of very important networks:

African Research Universities Alliance

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) was inaugurated in Dakar in March 2015, bringing together sixteen (16) of the region’s leading universities. It is a network of universities from different countries and different historical backgrounds, but with a common vision. The network is generally about expanding and enhancing significantly the quality of research done in Africa by African researchers. This new network, from inception, was intended to be different from any other regional university networks. The difference was to come largely from the approach to be employed, namely bringing together a number of peer African institutions that were willing to work together by pooling their own limited resources, with a view to generating a critical mass that could more effectively support their limited, but growing numbers of researchers. Underlying this was the conviction that they could thereby leverage this effectively for additional resources from outside.

For further information go to ARUA

The BRICS Network University

The BRICS Network University is a joint educational project aimed at creating a single educational space, encourage academic mobility, as well as provide the economies of member countries with highly qualified personnel in the fields of energy, economics, computer science, and ecology, among others. The agreements to set up the BRICS Network University were signed by the Education Ministers from these five countries on November 5, 2013 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

For further information go to BRICS-NU

World Class Universities in World Class Cities (WC2)

The WC2 University Network has been developed with the goal of bringing together top universities located in the heart of major world cities in order to address cultural, environmental and political issues of common interest to world cities and their universities. By promoting closer interaction between universities, local government and business communities, WC2 creates a forum where universities can be more responsive to the needs of their stakeholders in the context of world cities.

For further information go to WC2Network