South Africa, Africa’s largest economy, is located at the southernmost tip of Africa, surrounded by two oceans and home to a diverse, multiethnic society with eleven official languages.

South Africa was recently admitted to the economic coalition of BRICS, and with this new position stands as a promising emerging market.  

The MIT-South Africa Program is in its second year and has sent over 20 MIT students to intern and conduct research with our South African hosts. Our partners are leading South Africa companies, universities and research organizations.

We note with respect the passing of the eminent South African author, Nadine Gordimer, recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize for Literature. Ms Gordimer wrote fluidly about the uncomfortable truths of apartheid, and her storytelling had a huge impact inside and outside South Africa.

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