As part of its contribution to fostering intellectual and academic discourse in Africa, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), hosted a comparative research network methodology workshop to explore the institutional architecture of the African scientific research landscape. The two day workshop took place at the University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality from 9-10 September 2013.
Leaders of research councils, university administrators, researchers and senior academics participated in the workshop. The 12 delegates hailed from across Africa representing countries such as Kenya, Zimbabwe, Senegal and South Africa. They engaged on governance structure, operational procedures, and partnerships regarding their research.
The workshop enabled scholars to more effectively research crucial African challenges. Some of the themes that were explored included, Ecology, Climate and Environmental Sustainability in Africa; Religion, Spirituality and Power in Africa; and African Integration and the New Regionalist Impulses in Africa.
UJ and CODESRIA, entered into an agreement in respect of teaching, learning, research, publications and joint programmes. This will to strengthen mutual understanding, foster friendly co-operation, and promote sustainable processes for the exchange of information, knowledge and resources between respective officials of both the Parties in the interest of advancing scholarship, peace and justice.