Around the globe
It didn’t take long, after the advent of democracy in 1994, for the isolation of the 1970s and 1980s to give way to a new awareness of the position of South Africa in the context of the world at large. South African universities were not slow to reconnect to their counterparts in other countries, and the University of Limpopo and the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University were no exceptions. After ten years of the new freedoms that came with the country’s political transformation, academic connections with all fourteen of the other countries in the SADC region had been established. And this new co-operation did not stop there. At least another dozen sub-Saharan countries were in various ways interacting with the two halves of the merged University of Limpopo.
For at least twenty years, the Trust has spent time and money on deliberately positioning itself inside the global funding marketplace. Actual funding partnerships have been established, and the wide networking that was able to take place in Europe and North America is expected to lead to more partnerships being established in the future.
Equally important is the conscious coupling of on-campus activities that are supported by the Trust to the seventeen sustainable development goals announced by the United Nations in September 2015. Many of these goals are directly addressed by projects at both universities supported by the Trust, and Goal 17 – ‘partnerships for the goals’ – is precisely what underpins the Trust’s global co-operation focus.