SARUA’s Vision and Mission

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SARUA’s purpose

Our Vision:

SARUA aims to be a dynamic and inclusive peer-led network that facilitates sustainable, evidence-based higher education impact in the SADC region.

Our Mission:

SARUA reflects and serves the interests of all higher education institutions, both public and private, in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). We foster collaboration, innovation, and excellence through peer-led programmes and activities. These initiatives allow our members to contribute effectively to regional development and navigate the opportunities and challenges of a changing higher education environment.

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Towards a strong, responsive higher education system for innovation, resilience and sustainability in the SADC.


SARUA value proposition

  • Our commitment to participative knowledge production and engagement empowers SADC HEIs to make a positive impact on society.

  • Our aim is to encourage dialogue, empowering HEIs in the SADC region to cultivate a ‘global-local’ (‘glocal’) mindset. This mindset nurtures an awareness of global higher education trends, fosters intercultural diversity and understanding and facilitates open dialogue.

  • Through our initiatives in leadership and professional development, we contribute to the development of accountable leaders who embrace ethical decision-making, responsible leadership, and the integration of sustainability principles into institutional policies and practices, and educational programmes.

  • We provide an inclusive and collaborative space that drives innovation, capacity-building and the exchange of best practices, thus contributing to the resilience and responsiveness of the regional higher education sector.

  • As a trusted partner in regional projects, we conceptualise initiatives, secure grants and implement participative approaches to ensure optimal benefits for the regional higher education sector.

  • We promote economies of scale by offering third-party services that enhance efficiency and support the diverse needs of member institutions. This includes shared IT platforms, digital tools, information services and more.

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