The Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Asia and Africa (SUEUAA) project is funded by the British Academy under the Cities and Infrastructure programme of its Global Challenges Research Fund.  The project, led by the University of Glasgow, includes six international partners from Iran, Iraq, the Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

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The project addresses a core problem in emerging economies of strengthening the urban engagement role of universities, and ways they contribute to developing sustainable cities in the context of the major social, cultural, environmental and economic challenges facing the global south. It uses a set of well-proven benchmarking tools as its principal method, and seeks to strengthen the capacity of universities to contribute to city resilience towards natural and human-made disasters. Examples of urban engagement include supporting the development of physical infrastructure, ecological sustainability, and social inclusion (including of migrants). It calls upon contributions from science and engineering, the arts, environmental sciences, social sciences and business studies. It assesses the extent to which universities in 6 countries under study can respond to demands of society, and how through dialogue with city stakeholders this can be enhanced and impact on policy; it uses a collaborative team from the UK and emerging economies.


SUEUAA Project Blog

Tanzania regards agriculture as a pillar of the economy which accounts for almost half of the country’s gross domestic product. However the agricultural informal sector faces many challenges.  In most cities, including Dar-es-Salaam, members of the community face such challenges as inadequate value addition in agricultural and fisheries products, inadequate adherence to standards, poor quality of agricultural fisheries products marketing, weak institutional set-up for dealing with agricultural and fisheries marketing and limited use of marketing risk management approaches.

This is the fourth case study from SUEUAA (Strengthening Urban Engagement in Universities in Asia and Africa), written by Mpoki Mwaikokesya and Heriel Moshi of the University of Dar es Salem.  The project is interested in how Universities in the Global South can contribute to solving geographical, economic and social issues in their cities. The project is looking at six cities in six different countries: Harare (Zimbabwe), Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania), Johannesburg (South Africa), Manilla (Philippines), Duhok (Iraq), and Sanandaj (Iran).

Last week our colleague at the School of Education, University of Glasgow, Dr Mia Perry, wrote a piece for the Scotsman (Aid is all very well but fair exchange and self-awareness may matter more). Mia is one of the lead academics in the Sustainable Futures in Africa Network, a consortium of researchers, educators, development workers located in countries across Africa (specifically Botswana, Malawi, Nigeria, and Uganda). The network is multi-disciplinary, spanning education, geography, art, and engineering among others. It is engaged in a number of projects, including The CSPE (Communities of Science and Practice Engage) Network: Mitigating the implementation gap in environmental initiatives through community engagement and public pedagogies,funded under GCRF by ESRC (ES/P006701/1)

Subscribers to the SUEUAA site may be interested in this event being organised at Columbia University. Below please find an invitation recently received.

This is the third case study from SUEUAA (Strengthening Urban Engagement in Universities in Asia and Africa), written by Nickey Janse van Reinsberg of the University of Johannesburg.  The project is interested in how Universities in the Global South can contribute to solving geographical, economic and social issues in their cities. The project is looking at six cities in six different countries: Harare (Zimbabwe), Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania), Johannesburg (South Africa), Manilla (Philippines), Duhok (Iraq), and Sanandaj (Iran).