The Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Asia and Africa (SUEUAA) project funded by the British Academy under the Cities and Infrastructure programme of its Global Challenges Research Fund is led by the University of Glasgow includes international partners from Iran, Iraq, the Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. It builds on earlier work, the Strengthening the Regional Engagement Role of Universities in Africa and Asia, funded by the Scottish Funding Council and the earlier PURE project within the PASCAL Observatory.The project addresses a core problem in emerging economies of strengthening the urban engagement role of universities, and ways they contribute to developing sustainable cities in the context of the major social, cultural, environmental and economic challenges facing the global south. It uses a set of well-proven benchmarking tools as its principal method, and seeks to strengthen the capacity of universities to contribute to city resilience towards natural and human-made disasters. Examples of urban engagement include supporting the development of physical infrastructure, ecological sustainability, and social inclusion (including of migrants). It calls upon contributions from science and engineering, the arts, environmental sciences, social sciences and business studies. It assesses the extent to which universities in 6 countries under study can respond to demands of society, and how through dialogue with city stakeholders this can be enhanced and impact on policy; it uses a collaborative team from the UK and emerging economies.
The PI is Professor Michael Osborne with Co-Is in Glasgow, Dr Muir Houston and Dr Lavinia Hirsu (School of Education), Dr Katarzyna Borkowska (School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Dr Neil Burnside.
Our international partners are:
Iran: Nematollah Azizi, Professor of Education, and Azad Yazdani, Professor of Earthquake Engineering, University of Kurdistan
Iraq: Kamal Ketuly, Associate Professor in Environmental Chemistry and Sizar Dosky, Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Duhok, Iraq
Philippines: Felipe Ronald Argamosa, Vice President and Professor of Engineering, Technological University of the Philippines, and Zenaida Reyes, Dean of Graduate Studies, Philippines National University
South Africa: Marius Venter, Director of the Centre for Local /Economic Development, Nickey van Rensburg, Professor of Economics, University of Johannesburg
Tanzania: Heriel Moshi, Lecturer in Restoration Ecology and Bioenergy, Mpoki Mwaikokesya, Lecturer in Education, University of Dar es Salem
Zimbabwe: Charles Nherara, Professor of Education, University of Zimbabwe, Dr Tendai Nhenga, Director, Child Rights Research Centre, Africa University