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UP appoints Director for International Partnerships
18 April 2018

Prof Frans Swanepoel, Fellow in Residence at the Centre for Advancement of Scholarship, has been appointed as Director: Strategic International Partnerships effective 1 March 2018. Prior to joining UP in 2016 he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

In this new capacity he will work closely with the Executive and Deans across the University to:

  • enhance UP’s international presence by cultivating, sustaining and expanding strategic international partnerships with a deliberate focus on Africa,
  • mobilise funding for internationalisation to sustain UP’s international activities and to facilitate the acquisition of international grants, and
  • provide supportive leadership to achieve and sustain internationalisation at UP.

Prof Swanepoel’s research focuses on Agricultural Transformation in Africa (ATA). He serves on a number of high-level continental bodies, amongst others as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) based in Uganda; the Steering Committee of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), based in Nairobi and funded by the Gates Foundation; the Advisory Board of the Science Granting Councils Initiative(SGCI); and as Board Member of the United Nations (UN) endorsed Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network for Africa (FANRPAN).  

Prof Swanepoel is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for African Development (IAD) at Cornell University, USA and was recently appointed as a Visiting Fellow to the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at the University of Western Australia. He is the Deputy Chair of the Australia-Africa University Network (AAUN) established by UP in 2012.


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