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Institute for African Renaissance Studies

Institute for African Renaissance studies is a shared vision for the renewal of Africa, which has been defined as the furtherance of Pan-Africanism within the global context. This entails re-establishing progressive, traditional African values and a shift in consciousness to embrace individual responsibility to the community and the fact that individuals, in community with others, are in charge of their own destiny. As a result of the initiative of the Centre, the South African Department of Education has endorsed Institute for African Renaissance studies as a legitimate field of study.

In order to give expression to the Institute for African Renaissance studies in an academic context, the Institute for African Renaissance Studies was established at the University of South Africa in June 2003 as a multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and transdisciplinary graduate academic institution with a focus on African Renaissance studies. The University’s new strategic mission is to position itself as the leading university in Africa, and the University believes in the importance of giving intellectual leadership to the African Renaissance through the Institute. The Institute is intended especially to pursue the objectives that the University has set for itself to promote cutting-edge research, increased capacity and productivity aligned with national priorities for knowledge development and to utilize the resources and capacities of the University in community development initiatives and collaborative partnerships.

The Institute received generous grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which supported some of its activities until the end of 2005. The research and teaching objectives of the Institute, focused as they are on African Renaissance, are well aligned with the desire for people to help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations.


Call for Papers: 4th Africa Century International African Writers Conference, closing 28 August 2015
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Updated: 23 July 2015

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