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City Boasts 6th Research Symposium with Research Partners
We have very important data resource for the city which can be very helpful for eThekwini municipality. We have an opportunity to come together has partners to make a difference for the people. We need to work out practical projects and collaborate. We have a major opportunity here today.” Prof Soudien, CEO, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). 

These were the sentiments conveyed during the keynote address at the Research Symposium hosted by EThekwini’s Municipal Institute of Learning (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); University of Zululand (UNIZULU) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR.) 

Hosted at Durban ICC from 6-7 June 2019, the aim of the Research Symposium was to share research findings from evidence based research and city- university collaborations within the key theme of managing a nexus framework as it relates to the securitization of water, food and energy.

EThekwini Municipality City Manager, Mr Sipho Nzuza officially welcomed participants to the event mentioning the EThekwini Municipal Academy (EMA) and the role of the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE). "MILE is the Municipality’s significant knowledge management and local government capacity building arm who have taken a lead in managing this strategic and collaborative partnership with the six renowned research institutions in jointly positioning the Durban as a learning city,”said Nzuza. 

EThekwini Municipal Academy Chief Learning Officer, Dr Mpilo Ngubane in setting the scene for the Research Symposium reflected on the existing partnership with research partners. "In a recently completed scholarly assessment of this city-university partnership using the Durban case study, one of the recommendations was the need to continue investing in relationship-building to strengthen the bridge between policy and praxis which straddles between urban development and higher education,” said Dr Ngubane.

The highlight of the event was the official signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between EThekwini Municipality and its research aligned partners to renew the existing partnership for a further three years. The very first strategic Memorandum of Agreement was signed with DUT, MUT and UKZN back in 2011 and in 2015.  The new partnership builds on existing collaborations with local academia spanning more than 10 years. It is believed that the impact is already contributing to social and economic development in many ways.

After the ceremonial aspect of the event participants were exposed to informative presentations emanating for the various sub-themes​. With facilitated panel discussions, the robust programme for day one allowed for space for sector experts, researchers and city practitioners to engage constructively in identifying options to transfer applied research to praxis and policy.  



​View the official Research Symposium webpage



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