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A first for internationalisation at CPUT

NETWORKING: International Relations Officer, Matome Mokoena, mingles with his African counterparts during the DAAD DIES Training Course on Management of Internationalisation at the Jomo Kenyata University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

International Relations Officer Matome Mokoena is the first South African ever to be selected for a sought after training course on management of internationalisation.

Mokoena said he was part of the third cohort of the DAAD DIES Training Course on Management of Internationalisation, which saw only 30 applicants selected from more than one hundred applications.

The DAAD DIES Training Courses offer modular, practice-oriented training opportunities for management-level professionals from universities in developing countries.

He recently returned from Kenya where he attended the programme’s African Regional Workshop at the Jomo Kenyata University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). During the workshop he learnt modules on Internationalisation, soft skills as well as competencies and key tasks of International Officers.

“I feel honoured to be the first South African ever to be selected on the programme,” he says.

Mokoena, who co-ordinates Strategic Partnerships, says CPUT is following up with the JKUAT for possible partnering as they are very strong in terms of commercialisation of agricultural products.

He said he used the skills obtained from the programme to start the Buddy System at CPUT, which seeks to create an environment that will encourage students to invite their friends and families to come to South Africa.

“My office partners with the Student Learning Department which is responsible for the First Year Experience programme. Together we identify and train potential Buddies to be involved in this project,” he says.

After training, the Buddies are paired up with new international students whom they help to fit in to the CPUT culture, find their way around Cape Town and adapt to the local conditions.

The main aim of the system is to provide social cohesion and a safe environment for incoming students.

“The Buddy system can be shared with other under-privileged institutions across the country,” adds Mokoena.

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