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City and Universities partner to benefit Durban
"We see Durban as the gateway to Africa and we want to levearge your existing city-university collaboration assist us to move our research efforts in Africa." Over the last week (19 - 25/04), this was the message that excited the UKZN-eThekwini delegation who are wrapping up their week long strategic engagements with senior leadership at Duke University, North Carolina, USA.
 
Hosted by the Associate Vice Provost for Research at Duke University, the intense engagements focussed on the nexus of the environment, energy and health. As an established academic  institution which has gained international respect for research and innovation, Duke University reaffirmed its willingness to work alongside the city of Durban and UKZN to build academic capacity,share knowledge and provide resources as part of the Duke Africa Initiative.
 
One of the team members commented that, "It's refreshing to be immersed in these synergies and contribute to the high quality engagements that could be of benefit to the residents of Durban. As a learning city with an established set of academic stakeholders, we would get good MILEage if we embrace this partnership positively and position ourselves strategically - drawing down from the research outputs and tapping into the research- to-policy pipeline. Our emerging city-university collaboration certainly has much to contribute to the Duke - Africa Initiative."
 
The team wasted no time in assembling an action plan that will be endorsed in the next few weeks to focus on the agreed research focus areas.
 

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