It is with great pleasure that the Research and Innovation Strategy Group (RISG) announce the 2023 USAf Research and Innovation Biennial Dialogue taking place on 21-22 September 2023, in Durban.
The Dialogue is an important event on the RISG calendar for Vice-Chancellors, Deputy Vice-Chancellors: Research, Research Directors, International Offices’ Directors, researchers, academics, and policy makers, to engage in this action-orientated event.
This year, the dialogue will focus on the RISG’s priority thematic areas, namely:
The Dialogue will gather 70 participants from government and the higher education sector to deliberate on these matters, and to find solutions. The RISG has invited representatives of USAf’s Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme, the Community of Practice for Postgraduate Education and Scholarship (CoP PGES) and the International Education Association of Southern Africa (IEASA), as well as other key organisations to participate in the programme. This event attendance is by invitation only.
According to Ms Janet van Rhyn, Project Manager for the RISG, “collaboration is key if we are to address these issues holistically. We need to find ways to work together. The members of the RISG will participate actively in the programme, from chairing sessions to presenting position papers. USAf looks forward to a productive and engaging two days.”
The CoP PGES members will also lead a session on student mobility. Professor Jesika Singh, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research at the University of Limpopo, and a member of the CoP PGES Steering Committee, has emphasised that South-South relationships, as well as regional collaborations and exchanges for postgraduate students between South African universities are important for our students and should not be overlooked. These exchanges are valuable experiences for young academics, and models of engagement will be one of the topics explored in more detail at the upcoming Dialogue.