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3rd eThekwini-University Research Symposium

The 3rd annual eThekwini-University Research Symposium (EURS 2014) co-hosted by the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) was held on the 27-28 November 2014 at the Elangeni Hotel, Durban. “The overarching theme of this symposium of “Innovative Cities” was well located in eThekwini’s vision of a learning city with the 2 day program providing a common platform for city practitioners and academic to engage on issues of mutual interest. The key thematic areas for collaborative and strategic research in the city will be harnessed towards Water and Sanitation, Public Health, Energy, Information Technology, Human Settlements, and Social Infrastructure. Intense and fruitful presentations and research outputs were discussed, offering creativity and innovation in response to local government challenges.

By June next year the City will launch the eThekwini Municipal Academy (EMA) that will build on the solid foundation laid by the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE). Further, the United Cities of Local Government in Africa (UCLGA) has identified MILE to be its strategic partner coordinating all of their city-to-city learning initiatives on the entire continent. These developments were finalised at the UCLG World Council meeting in China in late November 2014 – one that will consolidate our learning agenda with our partners in academia.. MILE Program Manager: Academic Collaboration, Collin Pillay said this heralds an exciting era for research and learning allowing more universities and research institutions within the eThekwini region and beyond to enjoy greater access to local government practitioners. It’s an exciting moment for the city as its academic partners begin to embrace and support the city’s vision as a centre of learning and innovation.

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