A delegation from Central University of Technology (CUT) in South Africa visited the University of Botswana (UB) on September 10, 2019 to explore specific research areas that can lead to strong collaboration between the two universities.
Welcoming the delegation, Vice Chancellor, Professor David Norris, noted that given the Memorandum of Understanding the two institutions signed recently, it was high time they focused on specific areas to forge closer collaborations. Such, he said, could be realised, among others, through sharing of human capital and financial resources to engage in mutually beneficial research projects.
Professor Norris appreciated CUT for transforming its research work into tangible products that had an impact on the society. He said UB could learn a lot from CUT because because the University was well advanced on applied research and innovation. He also highlighted that UB and CUT could share resources on research that would be beneficial to communities of their two countries.
Meanwhile, CUT Vice Chancellor and Principal, Professor Henk de Jager, said they were delighted to be in partnership with UB given they shared the similar goals. Professor de Jager said their focus at CUT was to strengthen internalisation through partnerships and research work.
“We have taken SADC and Africa as critical aspect to take our internationalization to the next level by partnering with others in the region,” said Professor de Jager.
He noted that CUT focused more on innovation and the University was working in collaboration with UB and Botswana Institute for Technological Research and Innovation (BITRI) on a project to manufacture medical products based on 3-D printing (Additive Manufacturing) funded by the Southern African Innovation Support Fund.
Professor de Jager added that CUT believed it could also learn a lot from UB besides the two institutions complementing each other on joint research work. During the meeting, the two parties also shared notes on faculty research projects to establish possible collaborative links.
CUT delegation comprised Professor de Jager; Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Engagement, Professor Alfred Ngowi; Deputy Vice Chancellor Resources and Operations, Dr Gray Paul; WIL/Skills Development Dr Henri Jacobs; Humanities Research Innovation and Engagement Assistant Dean, Professor Mike Mhlolo; International Office Director, Mr Leolyn Jackson and International Partnerships Manager, Ms Refilwe Moleyane.