BRICS Network University Conference

5 – 7 July 2018

Van der Sterr Building, Stellenbosch University STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA








BRICS Network University Conference

This year, South Africa hosts the third BRICS Network University (BRICS NU) conference (Thursday 5 July to Saturday 7 July). The conference has been organised by the South African Ministry of Higher Education and Training in association with Stellenbosch University (SU). The conference venue is at the Van der Sterr Building on the SU campus. The theme for 2018 is “Unlocking BRICS Universities’ Partnerships: Postgraduate Education Opportunities and Challenges”. The aim is to develop and consolidate the BRICS education agenda, and to highlight strategic research areas for BRICS collaboration with a view to gain a comparative advantage in the global knowledge system.

BRICS NU identified six thematic areas for the conference, namely: Energy; Computer Science and Information Security; Ecology and Climate Change; Economics; Water Resources and Pollution Treatment; and BRICS Studies. The objective is to provide a platform for the BRICS countries, particularly the leaders of International Thematic Groups (ITGs), to share research experiences and country-specific insights in these knowledge fields, and to explore possibilities for leveraging the cooperative force of BRICS UN to enhance scientific knowledge in the six thematic areas.

Objectives of the 2018 BRICS Network University Conference are:

  • To consolidate BRICS education programmes, research and knowledge agenda;
  • to bring together researchers across the BRICS countries to interact and share knowledge and experiences;
  • to enable the BRICS NU International Thematic Groups to come together, develop and consolidate frameworks for cooperation in their specific knowledge areas;
  • to consolidate collaboration and academic exchange;
  • to build scientific knowledge on BRICS; and
  • to develop clarity of purpose in fostering research and postgraduate education agenda
  • to propose and agree on a “plan of action” leading up to the next BRICS NU conference in 2019.


  • The main output from the conference will be a report with clear recommendations on mechanisms for the strengthening of the BRICS knowledge project to be submitted to the BRICS Education Ministers for consideration.


A maximum of 200 participants are expected at the conference. These will include:

  • BRICS NU International Thematic Groups Coordinators and researchers
  • Heads/ leaders of the BRICS NU International Governing Board
  • Senior representatives of the BRICS NU member universities; and
  • Government officials.

Registration for attendance of the conference will be opened from 15 May to 20 June 2018, and will be done electronically through the following link: Only registered delegates will be allowed to participate at this conference. Participation at the conference is free. When registering delegates should indicate excursions and study tour activities that they’re interested in.

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Only 200 seats available