A delegation from University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) visited the University of Botswana on August 21, 2019 to explore potential areas of collaboration in teaching, students exchange, staff training, research, grant writing and funding.
The delegation comprised four members - School of Social Science Dean, Professor Vivian Ojong, Head of Research, Professor Mahesh Naidu, Head of Culture Clusters, Dr Christiana Kgari Masondo and School Manager, Mr Sifiso Zulu.
The delegation met UB management to discuss terms of a Memorandum of Understanding with the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences and Office Research and Development. The UKZN also showed interest in gender studies and research.
However, during the meeting the two parties agreed to expand the cooperation to include other faculties to stimulate the development of both institutions in research and administrative staff.
The development was also welcomed by UB Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Professor Oathokwa Nkomazana, who observed that it was great opportunity for UB to strengthen and expand its research collaboration and engagement with other institution within the region. Professor Nkomazana also observed that the development would further encourage efforts to attain UB’s mission and vision.
Faculty of Humanities Dean, Professor Anderson Chabanne, also expressed delight that UKZN chose to partner with UB. Professor Chebanne said UB was a great institution which was highly recognised for quality education regionally and internationally. He said the partnership with UKZN would be one example of a positive impact that UB had created in the region.
Head of delegation, Professor Ojong, said UKZN chose to partner with UB because of their shared goals and vision in the region and internationally. She also said they wanted UKZN students to experience teaching at UB and to have staff linkages in the form of guest lecturers, seminars as well as community engagement through public lectures.
Professor Ojong added that UKZN’s desire was to further promote development of student leadership and more collaboration on gender studies.