Kingdom of the Netherlands Fosters Multi-Party Collaboration with UKZN, DUT, TU Delft, Erasmus University and eThekwini Municipality
Innovation, entrepreneurship and skills are key drivers of social and economic advancement in the 21st century. Therefore, value-creation by tapping the creative energy and enthusiasm of students through synergistic collaboration is what the #cocreatemycity project intends to achieve.
An initiative of the Netherlands Embassy in South Africa, the aim of #cocreatemycity is to foster public-private partnerships involving multiple stakeholders. These will include, eThekwini Municipality, the University of KwaZulu-Natal (AfriHub), the Technical University Delft (Netherlands), Erasmus University (EUR), the Durban University of Technology and Dutch company, Vopak.
The project will link postgraduate students from the participating institutions in an intercontinental collaboration and exchange programme to generate solutions in the shared challenges of health, logistics, energy, agri-food, water, education and entrepreneurship.
Through its involvement in the project, the eThekwini Municipality has a unique opportunity to benefit from the synergy of young minds by presenting a critical challenge that will be addressed through multi-disciplinary collaboration.
#cocreatemycity which was launched by the Netherlands Embassy in Johannesburg in 2015, not only promotes international understanding, but also provides valuable opportunities for students to apply their intellectual skills to real life challenges. In so doing, the project will nurture the thought leaders and decision-makers of tomorrow.
Words by: Rudi Kimmie