Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Asia and Africa (SUEUAA)

‘Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Africa and Asia’ (SUEUAA) project, is a collaborative research project between the University of Glasgow and six cities in the Global South (Harare, Zimbabwe; Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania; Johannesburg, South Africa; Duhok, Iraq; Sanandaj, Iran; and Manila, the Philippines). This project explores ongoing engagement activities where universities respond to city demand.

Extended Summary

‘Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Africa and Asia’ (SUEUAA) project, is a collaborative research project between the University of Glasgow and six cities in the Global South (Harare, Zimbabwe; Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania; Johannesburg, South Africa; Duhok, Iraq; Sanandaj, Iran; and Manila, the Philippines). The study seeks to better understand the contribution of Universities to their cities; particularly the ways in which these Universities contributed to developing sustainable solutions to various social, cultural, environmental and economic challenges specific to their region. A secondary aim is to create stronger links between cities and Universities to ensure future collaboration.

SUEUAA seeks to benchmark the work of the Universities in two ways: create short case studies which focus on interventions from Universities based on publicly available data; and conduct qualitative interviews and focus groups. The latter are conducted both with City Stakeholders, and University management, with the aim to better understand professional linkages and practices, and the perceived barriers to closer partnerships.

The qualitative materials are created in collaboration between University of Glasgow and the affiliated Universities in the Global South, based on existing work by Charles et al (2010) on benchmarking. Recruitment and data collection are led by the study collaborators who were based in the Universities. Analysis of data is currently ongoing, with the anticipation that results will be published in Spring 2019.


PI and Co-PIs - International Collaborators

PI: Mike Osborne (University of Glasgow, School of Education)

Co-Is: Muir Houston (University of Glasgow, School of Education), Lavinia Hirsu (University of Glasgow, School of Education), Kasia Borkowska (IDS) and Neil Burnside (University of Glasgow, Engineering)

Researcher: Dr Jo Neary

            

International Collaborators

University of Kurdistan

Professor Nematollah Azizi

Ms Lamiah Hashemi

 

University of Duhok

Asst Professor Kamal Ketuly

Dr Sezar Mohammad

 

Philippine Normal University

Professor Zenaida Reyes

 

University of Zimbabwe

Professor Charles Nherera

Dr Tendai Nhenga-Chakarisa

 

University of Dar-es-Salaam

Dr Mpoki Mwaikokeysa

Dr Heriel Moshi

 

University of Johannesburg

Ms Nickey Janse van Rensberg

Dr Marius Venter

Professor Elana Swanepoel


Start and End Date

1 November 2017 - 31 May 2019


Funder and Funding Amount

The SUEUAA project (Reference CI170271), which is funded by the British Academy under the Cities and Infrastructure programme, which is part of the Global Challenges Research Fund, itself part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment with a grant of £297,000


Related Publications

Journal Articles

Neary, J. and Osborne, M. (2018) University engagement in achieving sustainable development goals: A synthesis of case studies from the SUEUAA studyAustralian Journal of Adult Learning(in press)

Thematic Reports

Hirsu, L., Reyes, Z., Ketuly, K.A., Mohammad, S.A., Azizi, N. Mwaikokesya, M. & Nherera, C. (2018) Anchoring universities into (un)expected realities: the engagement role of universities in Asia and Africa. SUEUAA Thematic Paper Series, TPS 101/18. CR&DALL, Glasgow, UK, ISSN 2517-5548 (online) ISSN 2517-553X (Print)

Hirsu, L., Reyes, Z., Hashemi, L., Ketuly, K., & Mohammad, S. (2018). The role of gender mainstreaming in city-level interventions and leadership: Examples from Manila, Duhok, and Sanandaj. SUEUAA, Glasgow. 

Burnside, N., van Rensberg, N., Moshi, H., Ketuly, K., Mohammad, S., Azizi, N., & Argamosa, F. (2018). Impact of University engagement on environmental resilience of urban spaces in Asia and Africa. SUEUAA, Glasgow.

Case Studies

Azizi, N. (2018). Case study seven: environmental impacts of dam construction in Kurdistan- the Zheveh dam in Sanandaj. SUEUAA, Glasgow.

Ketuly, K., & Mohammad, S. (2018). Case study two: implementing inclusion into the education system of Iraq. SUEUAA, Glasgow.

Ketuly, K., & Mohammad, S. (2018) Case study five: environmental impact of conflict area landmines in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. SUEUAA, Glasgow

Mwaikokeysa, M., & Moshi, H. (2018). Case study four: integrated aquaculture and agriculture (IAA) project in Dar-es-Salaam. SUEUAA, Glasgow.

Nherera, C. & Neary, J. (2018). Case study one: enhancing the capacity of the informal sector in addressing environmental and socio-economic issues in Harare. SUEUAA, Glasgow.

Reyes, Z. (2018). Case study six: Gender mainstreaming in Philippine Normal University. SUEUAA, Glasgow.

Swanepoel, E., & Malan N. (2018) Case study eight: University of Johannesburg engagement with urban farmers (iZindaba Zokudla). SUEUAA, Glasgow

Van Rensberg, N, (2018) Case study three: ustainable socio-technical systems activating young citizens in the 4thIndustrial Revolution in Johannesburg. SUEUAA, Glasgow


Project News

April 2019: SUEUAA to host final award event at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

August 2018: SUEUAA team host symposium at Philippine Normal University, Manila (27-29 August 2018).

A three-day event, encapsulating one day of strategic planning meeting, one day of knowledge exchange between city stakeholders, academics in the Manila city region, and the SUEUAA team, and one day of training (focused on research governance and community engagement research practices).

June 2018: SUEUAA team present to British Academy (19 June 2018)

Represented by Professor Mike Osborne and Dr Kasia Borokowska, the SUEUAA team were invited to attend the second meeting of projects funded under the British Academy’s Cities and Infrastructures Programme within the Global Challenges Research Programme. The team were invited to provide an update as to the progress of the study so far.

February 2018: SUEUAA team present to British Academy (19-20 February 2018)

Represented by Professor Mike Osborne, Dr Muir Houston, Dr Jo Neary, and Dr Neil Burnside, the SUEUAA team were invited to attend the first meeting of projects funded under the British Academy’s Cities and Infrastructures Programme within the Global Challenges Research Programme. The team were invited to present their plans for the project.

December 2017: SUEUAA team meet in Glasgow (18-19 December 2017)

The initial meeting of the SUEUAA international partners was hosted at the University of Glasgow. The team used this opportunity to discuss aims of project, receive training in research governance, and explore how to transform research materials so they were better able to capture the issues affecting their cities.


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