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SANORD’s Maureen Davis hosting Norwegian SANORD members from HVL, Judit J Bragelein and Kari H Voldsund, at the Central Office at UWC.

SANORD – Southern African-Nordic Centre

SANORD is a network that brings together Nordic and Southern African institutions of higher education for research, dialogue and joint endeavours, based on shared fundamental values of democracy, social equity and academic engagement.

It promotes opportunities for student mobility and staff exchanges for research and educational collaboration. The network seeks to address new local and global challenges of innovation and development. The SANORD Central Office is located at UWC and is a branch of the International Relations Office.

Strategy 2023

Designed to further multilateral academic cooperation between the Southern African and Nordic regions.

The SANORD network seeks to address the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals through joint activities of research, education and other activities. SANORD activities are based on academic quality, academic freedom and fundamental values of democracy, human rights, equity and diversity.

Brian O’Connell Scholarship Programme

SANORD is committed to enhancing the experiences of internationalisation of students from member institutions through the BOC Scholarship Programme, which encourages capacitation and development through student mobility and research collaboration.

The BOC Scholarship Programme aims to provide scholarships to students from a member institution in the Southern African region to spend 3-5 months at a Nordic member institution. The programme makes provision for partial funding of R84,000 per applicant. Qualifying Master’s students who are registered at a SANORD member institution in the Southern African region are eligible to apply.

Successful candidates will be required to engage in activities that will support the completion of their Master’s degree. Preference will be given to those theses aligned to the SANORD Strategy 2022.

SANORD Central Office Internships

In the spirit of supporting student mobility between the Nordic and Southern African regions, the SANORD Central Office, located at UWC, offers internship opportunities to students from Nordic institutions. Interns are an important part of the everyday functioning of the office. They are particularly responsible for the Central Office’s communication channels.

In the future, SANORD hopes to be able to facilitate internship exchanges between its member institutions as well. Plans for such arrangements are underway.

The SANORD Central Office internships were started in 2013. There are two internships available for one calendar year, each usually a duration of 4-6 months.

Related News

SANORD 2024 Conference Call now open!

We are excited to announce the Call for Abstracts for the SANORD Conference 2024, themed “Social and Epistemic Justice: Imagining Sustainable Futures through Agency,” hosted by the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa from December 4th to 6th, 2024.

University of the Western Cape to Host 2024 SANORD Annual Scientific Conference

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) is pleased to host the 16th Southern African-Nordic Centre (SANORD) Annual Scientific Conference from 4-6 December 2024, at the UWC Bellville Campus – Cape Town, South Africa.

SANORD Knocking on the door of higher education institutions – The AU-EU innovation agenda and the involvement of Nordic actors

Panel Debate: What is the added value deriving from an enhanced engagement of Nordic HEI’s into the new AU-EU Innovation Agenda?

Webinar – Trends in Internationalisation: A critical perspective from the South

Internationalisation remains an important element of higher education collaboration. It is motivated by a variety of political, economic, sociocultural, and intellectual factors. It has transformed from a minor activity to a crucial component of the transformation agenda.

Registration to SANORD Conference 2023 in Hamar is now open

It is our pleasure to invite you all to register for the Hamar conference.

SANORD DAY April 19th 2023

SANORD Day in association with UiB and HVL hosted a regional engagement on 19 April 2023 at UiB, Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen. Umesh Bawa, Director of SANORD was in attendance to promote collaboration and research opportunities within the network.

Precision Medicine Trilateral Symposium

The University of the Western Cape, Ghent University and the University of Missouri’s joint symposium

The SANORD conference will take place between 20-22 September 2023, hosted by INN University, Hamar campus

It is our pleasure to invite you all to Hamar for the 2023 SANORD conference


In August of 2021, Statsraad Lehmkuhl set sail from Norway and began The One Ocean Expedition, a twenty-month long circumnavigation of the globe.

UWC’s Prof Osman Gets Honorary Doctorate in Norway

The “outstanding” lifetime contribution of the former Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry – Professor Yusuf Ismail Osman – to the dentistry field has earned him an honorary doctorate from the University of Oslo (UiO) in Norway.