SASAC stands for the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre. It is a multi-year initiative developed by South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science & Technology (DST) as part of its membership of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).
The programme was developed in recognition of the pivotal role that Systems Analysis and research in this field can play in solving both global challenges and those faced by developing nations. SASAC is a programme of three-year scholarships awarded to South and Southern African doctoral students registered at South African universities. About 65 doctoral students from South and Southern Africa, based at 12 South African higher education institutions, currently receive scholarship support through SASAC.
SASAC is presently hosted by a consortium of South African universities, namely the University of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch University, Wits University, and the University of Limpopo. In 2018, the British Council joined the consortium as a participating partner.