This is the 13th case study from SUEUAA (Strengthening Urban Engagement in Universities in Asia and Africa), written by Elana Swanepoel of the University of Johannesburg. This case study revolves around the personal story of Ntutuko Tshabalala who eventually trained as a chef and started the company Nubian Uju Food and Hospitality Solutions, all with the help of two University of Johannesburg urban engagement projects.

I met her at the Saturday morning Soweto Farmers Lab arranged by Dr Naude Malan of izindaba Zokudla and requested that she writes her story.

The narrative in the attached is her own, passionately written and providing context of her upbringing, her inner growth and the opportunities which enabled her development. It is so openly and honestly written, and I have have done only minor editing not to lose the passion. When we are involved in urban engagement, we need to acknowledge the person that is benefiting from the engagement. That is very evident from this story. She is not just a number who benefited, but a person who has been transformed and this transformation will circle out to all those with whom she comes into contact.

We are very pleased to report that Professor Zeny Reyes and Professor Michael Osborne will be presenting a paper based on work of SUEUAA at a workshop of the Jean Monnet Network on Challenges to Multiculturalism and Multilateralism in Europe and Southeast Asia In Singapore on 14 June. This network comprises the EU Centre in Singapore, Universitas Indonesia, University of Malaya and Maastricht University.

This is the 12th case study from SUEUAA (Strengthening Urban Engagement in Universities in Asia and Africa), written by Mpoki Mwaikokesya, School of Education, University of Dar-es-Salaam. SUEUAA is interested in how Universities in the Global South can contribute to solving geographical, economic, and social issues in their cities. Since 2015, the university of Dar-es-Salam had been running the annual campus-wide research exhibitions events to the public as one of the ways of improving awareness of its research activities and research outputs and address societal challenges, and some of th

The SUEUAA project held its final partner meeting on the 8th of May at the University of Zimbabwe to discuss final outputs and reports for the project. Partners were also given a tour of the facilities at the University of Zimbabwe and met with a number of academics including the Dean of the Faculty of Education Dr Oswell Hapanyengwi. Lunch provided a useful network opportunity to share ideas and areas of common interest with a view to continuing the collaborations that have developed over the course of the project.   

This is the 11th case study from SUEUAA (Strengthening Urban Engagement in Universities in Asia and Africa), written by Rebecca Marquez of St Scholastica's College, Manila, Philippines. SUEUAA is interested in how Universities in the Global South can contribute to solving geographical, economic, and social issues in their cities.

Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is also a home to street dwellers. More than 190,000 are street dwellers living in pushcarts and makeshift homes, scavenging through garbage for their daily subsistence. They are informal settlers living in the streets with no regular income and no permanent residence. The children play in streets, scavenge through the trash, denied formal education. 

Part of the engagement role of universities involves collaboration with industry for local benefit, and of particular interest to SUEUAA is how that happens in combination with a wider focus on environmental issues.

In the City of Johannesburg, two students from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), were selected as interns of Boeing’s six-month International Business Internship Programme (IBIP) in Seattle, United Stated of America.

This is the tenth case study from SUEUAA (Strengthening Urban Engagement in Universities in Asia and Africa), written by Zeny Reyes from Philippines Normal University. SUEUAA is interested in how Universities in the Global South can contribute to solving geographical, economic, and social issues in their cities.

In advance of the SUEUAA conference hosted by the University of Zimbabwe which took place 9-10 May, the team involved in the research were delighted to explore their findings with Eng. Hosiah Chisango, Town Clerk of the City of Harare.

This final event of SUEUAA presents cases of engagement from our six countries as well as selected other papers from Africa and Asia, and will be of interest to academics, policy-makers and officials in cities and students from around the world.