UKZN welcomed a delegation from Chandigarh University (CU) in Punjab, India, with the intent to formalise a partnership between the two institutions.
The visitors, led by the CU’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rajinder Singh Bawa, were looking for ways to partner with UKZN in areas of research, student and academic exchanges, an establishment of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and joint research projects.
Bawa said both universities needed to identify common areas of collaboration in business, industry, the environment and law.
UKZN’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, agreed that the signing of an MOU would cement the collaboration however; common areas need to be identified to ensure that the MOU is active.
The Vice-Chancellors agreed that the way forward should begin with a visit to CU by senior UKZN representatives.
Van Jaarsveld said synergies in teaching and learning and research needed to be identified.
Bawa spoke on CU’s courses involving collaboration with industry, its paperless curriculum presentation, and the creation of its own academic material. He said an academic audit was conducted every semester, while the curriculum was revised every two years.