Tuesday, 01 September 2015

CPUT launches Erasmus Mundus Alumni Chapter

SCHOLARSHIP: To date, 55 CPUT staff members and students have had the opportunity to study abroad, thanks to the Erasmus Mundus programme SCHOLARSHIP: To date, 55 CPUT staff members and students have had the opportunity to study abroad, thanks to the Erasmus Mundus programme

CPUT has officially launched an Erasmus Mundus Alumni Chapter.

The Erasmus Mundus programme offers South African staff and students the opportunity to complete a Masters, PhD and Post Doc programme with affiliate universities in Europe.

Staff members can also apply for staff visits to investigate aspects related to their work at European universities.

To date, 55 CPUT staff members and students have had the opportunity to improve their qualifications at European Universities.

Director of the Office of International Affairs, Merle Hodges, says the alumni chapter will play a key role in CPUT’s Erasmus Mundus activities.

Apart from providing support to new participants and promoting the programme, alumni can also assist with various studies and reports requested by the European Commission, who funds the programme.

“The EU Commission wants a report on the progress of students and staff who participated in the programme. This is the type of task the alumni can assist with,” says Hodges, who is a joint coordinator of Eurosa, one of the Erasmus Mundus programmes.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Technology and Innovation, Dr Chris Nhlapo, commended the programme and says it has played a key role in supporting staff to improve their qualifications.

Apart from improving qualifications, Nhlapo says the programme has had other positive spin-offs like the successful roll-out of the University’s Medical Laboratory Science qualification.

Former Head of the Biomedical Sciences Department, the late Prof Johan Esterhuyse, who was one of the first recipients of the programme, participated in a staff visit at Antwerp University in Belgium and Han University College in Holland where he had the opportunity to benchmark the new programme against similar international options.

Written by Candes Keating

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