The survey evaluated 13 universities, five technikons
and nine private organisations.
As part of the initiative, vice-chancellors from the four technikons have been visiting Coventry University to further strengthen links and plan the next stage of the project.
Professor Brian Figaji, vice-chancellor of Peninsula Technikon, near Cape Town, said: "This innovative project is changing the lives of many South Africans for the better by creating economic growth and jobs in our local communities.
There is a lack of networking for research capacity building amongst women across universities, technikons
and fields of expertise.
In the technical institute group scattered over the South African states are about 18 residential technikons
that prepare technicians in various occupations and 23 technical colleges.
Lying in the second most economically powerful province, with three universities (plus a sports medicine faculty) and two technikons (technical colleges), it has a strong education and training structure in place.
The bid team decided to locate the main complex at Wingfield, with sub nodes at Philippi, Khayelitsha and the adjacent University of the Western Cape and Peninsula Technikon campuses.