The Future Africa campus is aligned with initiatives such as Future Earth, the global research initiative that was launched at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012. Both initiatives aim to develop knowledge to respond effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and foster increased sustainability in the coming decades.

Future Africa aims to 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. Future Africa will have a cutting-edge campus dedicated to the process of fostering outcomes oriented transdisciplinary research.