Executive Director, Joel Netshitenzhe delivered a keynote address at the 3rd Annual BRICS Network University Conference Gala Dinner on the 5th July 2018 in Stellenbosch. The conference was organised by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor in partnership with the University of Stellenbosch. The conference took place under the theme ‘Unlocking BRICS Universities Partnerships: Postgraduate Opportunities and Challenges’. 

Joel Netshitenzhe’s keynote focused on Opportunities and Challenges in Ushering a New Global Order: Role of the Brics Network University​. The BRICS Network University is a MOU between BRICS Education Ministers aimed at fostering collaborations and knowledge sharing between member universities. Attendees of the conference included newly appointed University of Cape Town Vice Chancellor, Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng, Chief Executive Officer of Universities South Africa, Prof Ahmed Bawa, Vice President of North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power, Prof Liu Xuemei, Brazil representative, Gustavo Brechesi Servilha, Russia representative, Prof Maxim Khomyakov and Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University, Dr Sizwe Mabizela amongst others.​​