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PROJECT: Embedding climate change into university curriculum in southern Africa

Project Reference: AAAF-0010b

Universities in southern Africa realise they need to strengthen their contributions to addressing climate change in the region, together with other knowledge partners including government, the private sector and civil society. One way of achieving this is through education.

This project will develop a Master’s curriculum in climate change and sustainable development for SADC countries that builds on the successful mapping study and knowledge co-production process delivered for Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA). This will be the first project in the region to collaboratively develop a Master’s programme on climate change.

The output from CDKN’s support will be a series of core and elective modules that cover a variety of thematic areas relevant for countries in southern Africa. The curriculum will be a unique, flexible and region-wide learning process that will help develop future researchers and public and private sector leaders in the SADC region.

A university consortium made up of 7 universities across five SADC countries will be developing the Masters:

  • University of Cape Town, South Africa (coordinating university) (7 team members)
  • Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique (3 team members)
  • Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania (3 team members)
  • Open University of Tanzania, Tanzania (1 team member)
  • University of Mauritius, Mauritius (2 team members)
  • University of Namibia, Namibia (2 team members)
  • Rhodes University, South Africa (3 team members)

A Curriculum Innovation Working Group made up of 5 senior university executives with relevant experience in curriculum development and climate change was established to help guide the process.

The project will also 1) scope potential e-learning opportunities for future development and training and uptake of the curriculum; and 2) establish a network of stakeholders in and outside of universities who will collaborate on knowledge production activities and curriculum development as part of the SARUA Curriculum Innovation Network.

The project forms part of the SARUA Programme for Climate Change Capacity Development (PCCCD), a multi-year programme contributing to the revitalisation of higher education in the SADC region through collaborative research, teaching and community and policy engagement. It provides a platform for regional universities to strengthen their capabilities to address climate change.

The PCCCD comprises four envisaged networks, each with a distinct focus for development:

  • SARUA Macro-Research Network;
  • SARUA Curriculum Innovation Network;
  • SARUA Policy & Institutional Development Network;
  • SARUA Capacity Development Network.

The SARUA Curriculum Innovation Network (SCIN) is the first network to be established.


Service recipient: Southern Africa Regional Universities Association (SARUA)

Budget: 400, 500 GBP

Dates: September 2014 to March 2017

Project Manager: Charlotte Scott

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