UKZN and US African American Studies Association Sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates (NAAAS) based in the United States.
NAAAS serves as a resource for scholars in the field who require information and support for research related to African and African American, Hispanic, Latino (a) and Chicano (a), Native American and Asian experiences.
It provides a forum for the expression of such research and artistic endeavours in the celebration of the lives and works of the above groupings.
The MoU cements the development of collaborative activities in academic areas of mutual interest and includes the following:
- development of collaborative academic research projects
- development of graduate supervision support programmes
- possible exchange of academic staff
- possible exchange of graduate students
- publishing of joint academic publications.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Humanities, Professor Cheryl Potgieter, said she was confident the MoU would make a positive contribution to the College’s research, teaching and community engagement initiatives.
‘The partnership is in line with the College’s strategic goal of interdisciplinary collaborative research, driving the internalisation of knowledge.’
NAAAS Executive Director, Dr Lemuel Berry, said: ‘We were very excited as an organisation to establish an MoU with UKZN’s College of Humanities. As an organisation we spend a lot of time in South Africa and we found that UKZN has all the quality ingredients we think will lead to a very viable relationship.’