At the Board and Council meetings in Karlstad the following decisions were taken:
1. SANORD Theme Group Seed funding 2014
The outcomes of the SANORD Theme Group Seed funding will be available on 1st September 2014.
The Publications committee is currently in the process of gathering papers from the 2013 Malawi conference and 2014 Karlstad Symposium for a new publication (e-publication/open access). The papers will undergo a peer review process and the publication will be launched at the 2015 Polytechnic of Namibia conference.
3. New Vice Chairperson
Uppsala University was elected as the new Vice Chairperson for SANORD for the period 2015–2016. Uppsala is happy and looks forward to take up their new role.
4. New Board members
SANORD announced the new board members elected for the 2015–2016 period as follows:
Members in the SADC region: Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), University of Botswana (UB), and University of Namibia (UNAM); and in the North: Aarhus University (AAU), University of Bergen (UIB), and University of Eastern Finland (UEF) in place of University of Jyväskylä (JYU). The core members were retained for the purpose of continuity.
5. Karlstad Symposium update
Karlstad University reported the following:
The 75 registered delegates were regarded as a good attendance, with three keynote speakers, 38 parallel sessions and 4 workshops out of the 38 sessions. The presentations stimulated very interesting debates and valuable discussions. The symposium was a great success.
6. Brian O’Connell Scholarship Programme
At the SANORD Council meeting in June, a decision was taken to honour Prof Brian O’Connell, Rector and Vice-chancellor of the University of the Western Cape by renaming the “Partial Scholarship Funding Programme” to the "Brian O’ Connell Scholarship Programme".
This is in recognition of the fact that Prof O’Connell was instrumental in the further development of the Nordic and Southern African collaborations and the establishment of the SANORD Centre with Sigmund Gronmo, the then Rector of the University of Bergen.
The seven scholarships made available by SANORD to its members aim to enhance the knowledge experiences and collaborations between SANORD members. The invitation for the scholarship will be sent to the SANORD contact persons at your institution for distribution soon. > Read more
Board & Council meetings announcements:
1. SANORD celebrates 10 years in 2017. An ad hoc working committee was established for the planning of the event.
2. University of Malawi celebrates 50 years in 2015.