Six delegates from the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences - a merger between Bergen University College and Stord/Haugesund University College - visited the School of Education.
The visit formed part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bergen University College of Norway and the School of Education signed in March this year.
The MOU was the result of collaboration by members of the School’s Social Science Cluster - Dr Sadhana Manik, Dr Marshall Maposa and Professor Suriamurthee Maistry and Professor Johan Wassermann - with their counterparts at Bergen University College: Professor Erlend Eidsvik, Professor Jacob Melting and Professor Vibeke Vagenes.
The delegates met with staff members from the School for a series of workshop sessions to discuss student exchange between the two institutions and the supervised placement of Norwegian student teachers in Durban.
Discussions also included north-south research co-operation between the institutions as part of the Southern African-Nordic Centre (SANORD) network.
Speaking further about the partnership, Manik said: ‘I am excited and confident. Excited at the pace with which we are engaging in fruitful discussions and activities and confident that we will be successful in achieving the initial endeavours we have planned.
‘We have two teams committed to providing teaching, learning and research opportunities via the MOU to staff and students across both institutions in addition to local schools. This will strengthen our programme offerings, bolster our professional development and deepen our community initiatives.’
In order to strengthen the partnership between both universities, support was provided by acting Dean for the School of Education Professor Thabo Msibi; Dean for Teacher Education and Culture at Stord/Haugesund University College, Professor Sigurd Sandvold, Bergen University College and UKZN’s International Relations offices.