The fourth South African-Japanese Universities (SAJU) Forum will be held at the University of Pretoria on 23rd and 24th May. The conference aims to explore new collaborations in research, strengthen already existing relationships and also discuss opportunities for student and staff mobility, organisers say.

Universities South Africa (USAf), adds that the event will be hosted at the University of Pretoria’s new Future Africa campus under the central theme of a Human Being in the 21st Century in the Context of Global Challenges.

“The SAJU Forum is a critical catalyst for cultivating and nurturing the next generation of globally-minded and technically skilled scholars for both countries, explained CEO of USAf,” professor Ahmed Bawa.

According to USAf, initial conferences were held in 2007 and 2008 in Hiroshima and Cape Town and were re-kindled in December 2016 through a formal re-launch event which was held in Pretoria and replicated in July 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.

Furthermore, as of December 2016, more than 26 memoranda of understanding were reported to have been signed between universities in Japan and South Africa, which had facilitated student exchanges and academic research in strategic areas of health, environment, mathematics and science education, and materials science.

Th conference is organised by Universities South Africa in close collaboration with the Centre for Japanese Studies (CJS) and supported by Japan’s Embassy in South Africa, Department of Science and Technology, the National Research Foundation, Toshiba and the University of Pretoria.