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Sub-Saharan African research ties and student admission: a summary

The University of Cambridge holds a diverse portfolio of collaborations with institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. These span all disciplines and involve all the six Schools of the University. Many students from sub-Saharan Africa come to the University to share in our pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

In 2023 the University undertook a mapping of research ties with, and student intake from, sub-Saharan Africa, and has summarised its major findings. This work was done in collaboration between Cambridge-AfricaCambridge Global Challenges and the Strategic Partnerships Office

The mapping highlighted the representation of the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Cambridge's collaborative research with sub-Saharan Africa: Zero Hunger, Good Health & Wellbeing, Climate Action, Life on Land and Life Under Water.

A summary of the mapping is shared here and further details have been published here. A reflection on the application of this mapping methodology in advancing equitable international partnerships has also been published with UKCDR here

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