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SUCSESS - Strengthening university-enterprise cooperation in South Africa to support regional development by enhancing lifelong learning skills, social innovations and inclusivity

The SUCSESS project focuses on strengthening the cooperation between higher education institutes (HEI) and businesses in the Republic of South Africa (RSA). The enhancement of the knowledge triangle (student-teacher-enterprise co-operation) is an important part of the project. New learning methods based on experiential learning will make it possible for students to learn together with the industry in real-life projects, which is important since the employability of graduates from universities in RSA is not at the same level as in Finland, for example.

Thus, the SUCSESS project includes several themes such as regional and community development, as well as improved employability of students through transformational and life-long learning skills. The idea is to support an inclusive and sustainable economy by enhancing strategic partnerships and collaboration between HEIs and businesses as well as by improving prerequisites for innovation and knowledge sharing.

Project manager: Eva Holmberg (
Duration: 15.01.2020 – 14.1.2023
Funding: Erasmus+ Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education
Partners: Haaga-Helia UAS (FI), University of Oulu (FI), Sheffield Hallam University (UK), and partners from South Africa: University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg and University of Zululand.