On behalf of your co-host, the Central University of Technology (CUT), may I welcome all the delegates of the October 2016 IAUP Semi-annual Meeting to be held in Cape Town, South Africa.
At the outset, I must thank the IAUP President, Prof Toyoshi Satow, the Secretary-General, Prof Alvaro Romo, and the rest of their team for having been so generous to award Africa this opportunity to host a semi-annual meeting after it was last hosted in Morocco, North Africa in 2011. This proves beyond doubt that the IAUP leadership is serious about bringing on board university presidents from all over the world, especially from our great continent, Africa.
This semi-annual meeting is co-hosted by CUT and our sister university, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) based in Cape Town at the southern tip of Africa. I must also thank my colleague, Dr Prins Nevhutalu, for his generosity, too, for agreeing to co-host this semi-annual meeting. In addition, the South African Technology Network (SATN), a network of universities of technology in South Africa including the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), is a major partner in all this. Thanks to the Chairman of the SATN, Prof Mashupye Kgaphola, for an equally generous partnership.
SATN will be hosting its annual conference at the same venue as the semi-annual meeting a few days before the latter starts on 14 October 2016. This is deliberate. Given how far the IAUP delegates will be travelling to get to South Africa, we felt they could also benefit from attending the SATN conference. Some of the delegates will present papers and participate in panel discussions. As usual, the IAUP programme consists of a session that allows for presentations and deeper engagement amongst the delegates beyond the business of the IAUP. The focus of that session will be on internationalisation and partnership building amongst our universities. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about our higher education system and the SATN itself.
More than just the SATN conference, of course, making the IAUP semi-annual meeting a rejoinder of sorts to the SATN conference also gives delegates more time in our historical and beautiful city of Cape Town. We deliberately chose to host the conference in this city because it is a must-see for anyone who visits South Africa. What can I say about the Cape Town experience that awaits your arrival? Standing on top of Table Mountain, a World Heritage Site that the city is perched around, you will see Robben Island, another World Heritage Site, just off the coast. This is where our beloved former President Nelson Mandela spent close to two decades of his life in prison. There are many other places on interest, including, of course, wine, wine, wine!
May I, therefore, take this opportunity to welcome all the members of the IAUP community and other presidents of universities from the rest of Africa to the 14-17 October 2016 IAUP semi-annual meeting? You cannot afford to miss this one!
IAUP Regional Chair: Southern Africa