Division of Research Administration

The Southern African-Nordic Centre (SANORD)

SANORD is a membership organization of 21 Nordic and 25 Southern African institutions of higher education and research committed to advance academic collaboration between institutions in the two regions.



The Southern African-Nordic Centre (SANORD) was established in 2006. Three Southern African and four Nordic universities, including UiB, were the founders of SANORD. University of Western Cape in Cape Town is hosting the SANORD office and secretariat. The mission of SANORD is to promote opportunities for student and staff exchange and facilitate research and educational collaboration between the members, and to develop relationships with other academic networks, donors and business community. The annual meeting of SANORD is hosted by a member institution in the Southern African or the Nordic region and takes place in association with project workshops and a major SANORD conference. 

SANORD stimulates multilateral research and innovation by teaming up researchers across intitutional, disciplinary and national boundaries. This is done in various ways, for instance with seed money support for establishing Theme Group Projects and by call for abstracts, workshops and Panels/Special Interest Groups in conjunction with the annual SANORD meeting and conference.

SANORD has a lot to offer students from the Southern African and Nordic member institutions. The Brian O´Connell Scholarship Programme provides stipends for master students from Southern Africa to spend 1 semester at one of the Nordic member institutions. But SANORD also give students the opportunity to attend summer/winter schools, take up internships, go on exchange programmes and more.


Bjørn Erik Andersen (contact)


More details on the SANORD website.