Southern African Nordic Centre (SANORD) members attending the annual universities network conference in Victoria Falls are optimistic that Zimbabwe’s new political dispensation will prioritise investment in higher education and support collaborations in research.

The 2017 SANORD deliberations are focusing on the role of universities in research and technology transfer in improving livelihoods in Southern Africa.

South African Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor highlighted the importance of strengthening the role of higher education in development agenda and expressed confidence that Zimbabwe’s new political dispensation will increase investment towards tertiary education for the realization of sustainable development.

Gothenburg University Vice Chancellor, Eva Wiberg stressed the need for increased collaboration among higher education institutions to deal with global challenges and expressed confidence that Zimbabwe’s new political regime will prioritise international cooperation.

National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Director of Communication and Marketing, Mr Felix Moyo, whose institution is the local organising host, expressed confidence that the participants will come up with strategies to further strengthen academic collaboration for the realisation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SANORD was established in 2007 as a non-profit university network to provide a forum to advance academic collaboration between Nordic countries and the Southern African regional countries.