Founding Organizations

The University of KwaZulu-Natal

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), located in Durban, South Africa, aims to be a truly South African institution that is academically excellent, innovative in research, critically engaged with society, and demographically representative. The university was formed in 2004, as a result of the merger between the University of Natal and the University of Durban-Westville. UKZN includes five campuses, all located in KwaZulu-Natal province, including a medical campus in Durban. It is the second most productive research university in South Africa and one of only three African universities rated among the top 500 universities in the world. UKZN is home to the largest HIV and AIDS research programmes in Africa: the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), funded by the United States National Institutes of Health, and the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is one of the world’s largest philanthropies, with laboratories across the United States and grants programmes throughout the world. The Institute is a nonprofit medical research organisation that employs hundreds of leading biomedical scientists working at the forefront of their fields. In addition, through its grants programme and other activities, HHMI is helping to enhance science education at all levels and maintain the vigour of biomedical science worldwide.