Tuesday, 23 May 2006

Foreign exchange with a difference

The rectorate of Oslo University College in Norway visited the institution in early 2006 to discuss plans to implement an exchange programme between the two universities.

Mr Gunner Bjolseth, Ms Anne Torday Gulden and Ms Anne Moegster met with Mr Jabu Mazibuko, co-ordinator of the International Students Offi ce, and Mr Alwyn van Gensen, the Interim Registrar to discuss the importance of using South African Universities of Technology to expand co-operation.

The Norwegians expressed the importance of intercultural learning and how committed Oslo University College is in allowing the students to do a semester of their studies abroad. “It is important that they learn from a different reality than their own. It is also imperative to communicate with other cultures and countries and to be able to function in a different environment.

It is policy of the University College to allow students to go overseas and do a semester in another country and to be exposed to the day- to- day functioning of students,” said Mrs Anne Moegster.

The Norwegians visited CPUT because there are similarities between the academic programmes offered here and in Norway. “Norway has only 35 000 students. It is therefore important to have a network in order to expand. CPUT has given us that opportunity,” said Ms Torday Gulden.

Oslo University College also focuses on academic research. They do not offer professional programmes such P.H.D and Masters.

During their stay in Cape Town the rectorate of Oslo University College also met with the University of the Western Cape and University of Cape Town to discuss similar propositions.

Written by CPUT News

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