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Strengthening Research Collaboration to Support Radical City Transformation
The 5th Annual EThekwini-Academic Research Symposium took place from 1-2 June 2017 at the Durban International Conference Centre. 

About 200 academics, students and local government practitioners attended the event hosted by MILE and its research aligned partners Durban University of Technology (DUT), Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) , University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), University of South Africa (UNISA) and University of Zululand (UNIZULU).

Mayor of EThekwini Municipality, Cllr Zandile Gumede welcomed delegates to the Research Symposium mentioning the importance of the City-Academic partnership and its link to influencing City policy. 

"I am really encouraged to see so many of our young researchers, from academia and from our city wanting to make a difference to society by using their research evidence to make the argument. I am hopeful that this is a great start to the much needed policy dialogues in the city and significantly reassuring when our youth are influencing the transformation process," said Cllr Gumede. 

The event provided a common platform for city practitioners and its academic partners to network and identify opportunities for strategic and collaborative research outputs that advance municipal service​ delivery under the broad theme "Strengthening Research Collaboration to Support Radical City Transformation."

The Symposium featured a  selection of presentations, posters and exhibits which demonstrates how evidence-based research responds to local government challenges. 

For presentations, pictures and further information visit the Research Symposium Webpage

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