The North-West University’s (NWU) research focus area, Afrocentric Governance of Public Affairs (AGoPA), successfully organized its first-ever public lecture and roundtable discussion. The lecture, titled “Mainstreaming South Africa and Africa – the G20 Agenda: Implications for Research in Higher Education,” aimed to shed light on the G20 agenda and its impact on higher education research. Additionally, the roundtable discussion centered around the challenges and prospects of the BRICS expansion.
The event, held at NWU, brought together esteemed scholars, researchers, and experts in the field of governance and public affairs. It served as a platform to discuss pressing issues facing South Africa and the African continent, particularly in the context of global governance.
During the public lecture, various speakers emphasized the significance of mainstreaming South Africa and Africa’s interests in the G20 agenda. They stressed that for the continent’s development and progress, it is vital to ensure these interests are incorporated into the decision-making processes of global governance institutions like the G20. Furthermore, the lecture shed light on the implications of the G20 agenda for research in higher education, urging scholars and researchers to focus on areas that align with Africa’s priorities.
The roundtable discussion focused on the BRICS expansion and its challenges and prospects. This forum allowed experts to delve into the potential benefits and obstacles associated with the expansion of the BRICS bloc. Participants explored key areas such as trade, investment, and cooperation among BRICS member nations. They also discussed how the expansion could promote economic growth, technological advancement, and sustainable development in the participating countries.
One of the major points of discussion during the roundtable was the importance of inclusivity within BRICS. Participants recognized the need for equal representation and effective collaboration among member states to maximize the benefits of the bloc’s expansion. They emphasized the significance of fostering partnerships and fostering a sense of shared responsibility among BRICS nations.
The event provided a platform for scholars and researchers to not only share their insights and expertise but also exchange ideas and best practices. It fostered collaboration and networking opportunities among participants, encouraging future research and academic partnerships. The NWU’s AGoPA research focus area aims to promote research and scholarship that addresses Africa’s unique challenges and contributes to its sustainable development.
The inaugural lecture and roundtable discussion were well-received by the attendees, who expressed their appreciation for the NWU’s commitment to promoting African-centric research and academic excellence. Participants agreed that events like these play a crucial role in enhancing knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the complex issues facing South Africa and Africa as a whole.
In conclusion, the NWU’s AGoPA research focus area successfully organized its first public lecture and roundtable discussion, providing a platform to discuss the mainstreaming of South Africa and Africa in the G20 agenda and the challenges and prospects of the BRICS expansion. This event underlined the importance of incorporating Africa’s priorities into global decision-making processes and highlighted the potential benefits and obstacles associated with the expansion of the BRICS bloc. The NWU’s commitment to promoting research and scholarship that addresses Africa’s unique challenges was evident throughout the event, and participants appreciated the opportunity to exchange ideas and forge future collaborations.