AESOP is a collaborative network composed of 21 South African and European universities, as well as six associated partners. AESOP strives to promote South African national heritage as a vector for sustainable partnerships with Europe. The expertise and capabilities of teachers, students and researchers to assimilate new technical developments will certainly derive from the partnerships. AESOP organises 250 mobilities for Masters and PhD students, as well as academic staff, encouraging newcomers in a variety of fields, including sciences and humanities, in order to meet employment needs. AESOP is supported by the Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Union.