To date, SARUA has conducted extensive research aimed at finding solutions to problems that higher education faces, such as HIV/AIDS and poverty.
Since women are the disproportionate victims of poverty and other societal ills in the region, SARUA's ambitious goals can only be achieved if women are included at the decision making process.
However, the absence of female vice chancellors in the executive committee of the vice chancellors association from 2005 to the present (SARUA Annual Report, 2007, 2008), confirms the results of this study that reveals wide gender gaps in the vice chancellorship in the SADC region.
Currently, there are efforts to develop post graduate studies in collaboration with The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) according to SARUA (2009).
(2000) Collaborative research with young people: Learnings from the SARUA project.
(2003) 'On PAR with Young People: Learnings from the SARUA Project'.
(1998) Beyond Access/Participation Towards Social Justice: The SARUA Project.
(1997) SARUA: Project Training and Resource Manual.