The HSRC and UKZN sign an MoU at the
Westville campus.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).

Professor Nelson Ijumba, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research at UKZN said: ‘It is natural that we have an MOU with the HSRC as we are dealing with issues in the same space. It makes sense that a partnership should be able to advance our cause in the work of social sciences.

Dr Olive Shisana, Chief Executive Officer of the HSRC, explained they planned to leverage existing resources to the benefit of both institutions.

The HSRC is presently involved with research programmes relating to:

  • HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB
  • Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery
  • Education and Skills Development
  • Economic Performance and Development
  • Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation

HIV, population studies, and issues relating to gender are areas of collaboration the institutions may consider exploring in the near future. Professor Ijumba added that studies with scientists and researchers in the Health Sciences, as well as in the Humanities, were on the cards.