On 29 September, The United States Embassy, University of Pretoria, and Rutgers University-Newark, officially launched a R8,3m grant that is aimed at strengthening the United States-South Africa Higher Education Network (US-SA HEN).
The launch was held online on the Zoom and was attended by Vice Chancellor, Professor Tawana Kupe, United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, Chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark, Professor Nancy Cantor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor
of the University of Venda, Professor Jan Crafford, and Deputy Minister of Science and Innovation Buti Manamela among others. The project is funded by the United States Embassy and prioritises the promotion of US-SA faculty and student exchanges, the acceleration of joint research in agriculture, food security, science and technology, engineering, mathematics, the provision of training and transfer skills in university administration through subject matter exchange programmes, and the exploration of public-private property focused on commercialisation, technology transfer as well as job creation. Through this grant, the US-SA HEN will connect with other institutions of higher education to increase the number of staff and student exchanges between the United States and South Africa. The grant also makes way for new joint research agendas and will make it possible for the network to continue to support partnerships with public, private, and non-profit sector institutions in both the United States and South Africa. It will also implement new collaborative research agendas and enable the network to continue to leverage partnerships with public, private, and non-profit sector institutions in both countries.