The activities of the CSU system are assisted, in many instances, by a network of designated CSU associated institutions. These are organizations that are implementing large, multi-year joint programmes with CSU. Currently, 6 institutions are designated as CSU associated institutions by the CSU Council.
According to the CSU Statutes, the specific criteria to be observed in designating a CSU associated institution are that the association shall:
- be established on the grounds of academic excellence and be based on the contributions the University and the institution can jointly make in dealing with the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare
- seek to enhance the capabilities of associated institutions and the University, particularly in developing countries
- where mutually appropriate, establish or form part of a network of other institutions and scholars
- not result in an undue financial burden on the University.