Inspiring inquiry and innovation for a better tomorrow; nurturing the ideas that drive discovery and progress; and preparing for 21st century challenges that defy geographic borders and traditional narrow academic disciplines — this is Future Africa and it’s taking shape today.

In a tranquil setting in the heart of South Africa’s capital city of Pretoria, a new hub of scientific discovery and innovation for Africa is breaking ground and taking shape. The University of Pretoria’s new Future Africa campus will be the place where Africa’s leading scientists and scholars from across the world and from a broad range of disciplines will come together to leverage the benefits of transdisciplinary research to address the grand challenges that face Africa and the world.

Issues of critical relevance to Africa will be tackled: from sustainable development and good governance, citizen participation and human rights, to advancing innovation for the bioresource economy.
In a world where ideas and technologies evolve rapidly and the challenges we face are multifaceted and transnational, Africa needs a new generation of original thinkers with international perspectives, yet with a scholarly vision and voice that is rooted in Africa.

The Future Africa campus will provide a dynamic living, learning and research environment where a community of scholars and other societal role players will engage to advance excellence in scholarship, dialogue and impact. Here the continent’s brightest young geneticists, chemists, economists, lawyers, engineers, social scientists and other specialists will work side by side in an environment that facilitates world-class
creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.

Future Africa will:
• take a future-oriented perspective on skills development for a new generation of transformation-minded science leaders in Africa;
• actively build networks between leaders of science across Africa and the rest of the world; and
• develop interdisciplinary and multinational research teams who, together with societal structures beyond academia, can engage in impactful and responsible research to find innovative solutions to complex problems in Africa.