Knowledge Transfer and Skills Development


The fast pace of change which is brought about by new discoveries and innovations in science and technology and  in  social and cultural issues necessitates a need for ways and means for knowledge transfer and skills development. The role of South Africa in driving the development agenda for Africa has increased significantly since 1994. This includes peace keeping operations, governance and democracy and sustainable development.


To engage in knowledge transfer and human capital development on African issues.


To use research as a platform for pursuit of knowledge and human capital development in Africa.


    • To help a wide spectrum of audience – including policy makers and implementers, national and multi-lateral actors, politicians and political parties, civil society, academics, and affected communities – to gain knowledge and engage with the wide range of innovative research generated on African affairs;
    • To assist researchers from African countries and the Diaspora to contribute more effectively to research and policy debates/ developmental issues/ emerging educational and technological challenges/ implications for new discoveries and technological innovations emerging at  national, regional and continental levels;
    • To analyse policy formulation, development and implementation – In carrying out its mission, the unit shall endeavour to be sensitive to gender issues and thereby strive to bring about gender parity; and
    • To encourage intellectual discourses among young researchers on African affairs so as to develop their debating, writing and thinking skills. 

Key Focus Areas 

    • African Centered Education
    • Human Capital Development:
    • Entrepreneurship development
    • Capacity building
    • The challenges of education in Africa and South Africa

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