Programme

08:00 - 08:30

Transport from official forum hotels to University of Pretoria

08:30 - 09:00

Registration and welcome refreshments

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome remarks

Speakers
09:15 - 09:40

Pan-African collaboration to achieve the SDGs and Agenda 2063

09:40 - 11:00

SDGs as a new focus for international collaboration

Taking advantage of the meeting of the Australia-Africa Universities Network at the University of Pretoria earlier in the week, we will examine how the SDGs may have created a new inspiration and model for international collaboration and interdisciplinary research. Have the SDGs enabled the emergence of new commonalities and created relationships between institutions that otherwise might not have interacted?
Speakers
11:00 - 11:20

Networking refreshments

11:20 - 11:50

Do inputs determine outputs?

This interview will explore what kinds of resources are most important for creating meaningful impact. Are financial resources the dominant factor?
Chair
11:50 - 13:00

Focus on SDG 2 - how impactful can higher education institutions be to achieve real change?

What are the current limits on university impact and can they be overcome?
Speakers
13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch

14:00 - 14:30

Future of food science: How does culture interact with scientific progress?

Food is cultural, nutrition is a science. How can scientists most effectively overcome cultural boundaries to ensure food security and the eradication of hunger?
Speakers
14:30 - 15:30

From national to regional to global impact

Universities need support from NGOs, cooperation agencies, supranational organisations, foundations and trusts for their research to be impactful and meaningful, and translate it beyond their immediate communities and stakeholders. This panel will discuss their experience of effective partnerships and demonstrate how their higher education institutions' most important collaborations with civil society are having an impact and supporting progress towards reaching the SDG 2 goals by 2030.
Speakers
15:30 - 15:50

Networking refreshments

15:50 - 16:20

Are impact measures enough to create meaningful change?

Chair
Speakers
16:20 - 16:30

Round-up of the day

18:00 - 20:00

Cocktail dinner

20:00 - 20:30

Transport from University of Pretoria to official forum hotels

08:15 - 08:45

Transport from official forum hotels to University of Pretoria

08:45 - 09:15

Registration and welcome refreshments

09:15 - 11:10

THE University Impact Rankings masterclass



The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. This masterclass, presented by THE, will describe how the rankings were developed, identify trends in performance and strategic approach, and examine the applicability of the methodology for enhancing the understanding of university performance.
Speakers
11:10 - 11:30

Networking refreshments

11:30 - 12:30

SDGs and reputation - how significant is SDG impact?

Universities have competing priorities and complex missions that are interdependent on many external factors. How strategically significant are the SDGs for universities? What are the other measures of institutional success and can they coexist in harmony?
Chair
Speakers
12:30 - 12:40

Closing remarks

Speakers
12:40 - 13:30

Networking lunch

13:30 - 14:30

Campus tour