Through funding from the Erasmus+ Capacity Building in higher education project, the University of Venda (UNIVEN) is a consortium partner in the “Empowering universities’ Learning and research capacities in the one Health Approach for the management of animals at the wildlife, livestock, and human interface in Southh Africa [ELEPHANT]. The EU-funded ELEPHANT project was granted to a consortium consisting of six South African and two European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) namely Utrecht University in the Netherlands and the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna in Italy. The six South African HEIs are the University of Pretoria, the University of Venda, University of Limpopo, University of Mpumalanga, University of Fort Hare and the Southern African Wildlife College. The consortium is led by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. Associate partners, National Wildlife College, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and others will also contribute to the project and may benefit from its outcomes.

Professor Natasha Potgieter

Professor Natasha Potgieter is the project coordinator/leader in the project. The project is interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multi-institutional in nature. The objective of ELEPHANT addresses several 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and align with the European Consensus on Development that integrates the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development for poverty reduction. Part of the outcome of the project is capacity building with the aim to empower the participating South African Higher Education Institution’s (SA HEIs) on teaching and research capacity building in the One Health (OH) context and to give competencies to conduct a science-based health and welfare management at the interface between humans, domestic animals, wildlife and to pursue poverty relief.

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Date: 06 July 2022 


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