SU supports thematic research and capacity development through its membership of several academic and research networks across Africa. 

With networks such as the Partnership for Africa's​ Next Generation of Academics (PANGeA) and Partners Enhancing Resilience for People Exposed to Risks (Periperi-U), for example, SU creates opportunities for a new generation of academics to embark on collaborative research and doctoral programmes, especially in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Similarly, as member of the African Union New Partnership for Africa's Development Southern African Network of Water Centres of Excellence (AU/NEPAD SANWATCE), researchers are offered the opportunity to participate in water-related research across Africa.​

​These are just some of the networks and partnerships. Click on the links below to find out more about our networks.​  ​​

​​Periperi U 

Partners Enhancing Resilience for People Exposed to Risks (Periperi U) is a partnership of 12 African universities from across the continent working together to build disaster risk-related capacity and reduce vulnerability. Using local research and knowledge, the consortium aims to reduce the impact of disasters such as informal settlement fires, flash floods and infectious disease outbreaks, all of which disrupt and undermine development in Africa.​


The Graduate School in SU's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has partnered with the universities of Botswana, Dar es Salaam, Makerere, Nairobi and Malawi to form the Partnership for Africa's Next Generation of Academics (PANGeA). PANGeA supports the next generation of academics and professionals on the continent through world-class doctoral programmes, scholarly communities, academic partnerships and joint research supervision.

AU-NEPAD African Networks of Centers of Excellence of Water​

The AU-NEPAD African Network of Water Centres of Excellence consists of higher education and research institutions conducting high-impact research and capacity development in water and related sectors. The secretariat of the AU/NEPAD Southern African Network of Water Centres of Excellence (SANWATCE)​ is located in SU International’s Centre for Collaboration in Africa. Activities of the AU/NEPAD SANWATCE are aimed at research capacity development in the water sector of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).


The African Network for Evidence-to-Action in Disability (​​​AfriNEAD​) is a disability research project initiated in the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies in SU’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Since 2007, the network has drawn disability knowledge and understanding from the daily life experiences of persons with disabilities. The objective is to use this research evidence to help achieve equity and human dignity for those living with disabilities in Africa.


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) helps universities address the needs of small-scale farmers throughout sub-Saharan Africa by strengthening both agricultural research and training, and maintaining collaboration between researchers, farmers, national agricultural research institutions and governments.

The African Research Universities Alliance ​(ARUA)

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) was launched in 2015 to boost the continent’s research capacity and develop first-class postgraduate training that is geared towards addressing Africa’s unique economic, social and developmental challenges. SU is one of 16 partner universities in this alliance and the proud host of the ARUA Centre of Excellence in Energy.

Network for African Congregational Theology (NetACT​)
The Network for African Congregational Theology ( NetACT) is a group of 12 theological institutions from sub-Saharan Africa that prepare leaders for missional congregations by networking and sharing resources. SU's Faculty of Theology currently hosts the NetACT administrative office. ​