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.

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

In light of the recent COP-26 conference in Glasgow, SUEUAA co-I, Professor Kamal Ketuly from the University of Duhok stresses the importance of public awareness of the green house gas, Sulphur Hexaflouride. Increasing public awareness is of course an important aspect of regional and city engagement of academics. Here are his thoughts:. 

We are very pleased to announce that our partner in SUEUAA, the University of Duhok was this year ranked fourth amongst all Iraqi Universities and first amongst those universities in Iraq's Kurdistan Region. This is a great achievement for the university and its President Prof. Mosleh, and all in SUEUAA offer our congratulations, given in particular the difficulties in funding in the country.

We are pleased to announce that the University of Glasgow's bid for funding for the period, 2020-2022, from the European Commission within the aegis of the Erasmus+ Institutional Credit Mobility (ICM) programme with our SUEUAA partners in Zimbabwe and Iraq has been successful.

I'm pleased to report that as a result of the enhanced relation that the University of Glasgow has built with the University of Zimbabwe in SUEUAA, the Department of Education at the university has agreed to join the network, Leading Teacher Education in Times of Crisis and Challenge, and will be represented by its Dean, Prof Oswell Hapanyengwi. This is an international, online network for those involved in leading teacher education to discuss current challenges arising from Covid-19; to share national / local responses to issues such the student practicum/placement and to consider

Professor Michael Osborne, Director of PASCAL in Europe was very pleased to be invited by Seoul National University for a week of activities in Seoul, beginning 14 October 2019.

On Friday 18 October, he was a keynote speaker at the 20th International Conference on Research in Education organised by the Department of Education, Education Research Institute, and Seoul National University with over 500 delegates. The conference was co-hosted by the Korean Ministry of Education, the Korean Educational Development Service (KEDI), the Korean Educational Research Association and the Korea Institute for Educational Evaluation.