Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Strengthening relations between CPUT and Portugal

INTERNATIONALISATION: The Faculty of Business and Management Sciences recently hosted a d delegation from the Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administracao do Porto, Portugal at the Cape Town Hotel School. INTERNATIONALISATION: The Faculty of Business and Management Sciences recently hosted a d delegation from the Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administracao do Porto, Portugal at the Cape Town Hotel School.

Engagements between CPUT academics and their overseas’ counterparts provide the space for open creative discussions, emanating in innovative ideas that can be operationalised lead to the realisation of the CPUT’s Smart Internationalisation strategy in the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences.

This was said by Prof Paul Green, Dean of Business and Management Sciences, while welcoming a delegation from the Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administracao do Porto in Portugal.

“As a faculty and university at large, we nurture collaborations of this nature as they speak to our new decade Vision 2030 which asserts that ‘An internationalised university is characterised by the development of a multi-cultural ecosystem to provide an educational experience that prepares our staff and students at all levels, for a global environment’. The realisation of this vision, and in particular our Smart Internationalisation strategy within our Faculty, and where the real work takes place, is in engagements of this nature which provides the place and space for open, creative discussions, emanating in innovative ideas which can be operationalised,” added Green.

The purpose of this collaboration is focused primarily on teaching, research and postgraduate supervision. Some staff members from the Business and Information Administration (BIA) Department travelled to Porto in 2019 and a Memorandum of Understanding was put in place to formalize the partnership in additional to the ICM (E+) (a funded agreement) which was successfully applied for in 2018.

The exchange programme was initiated in 2015 and a good working relationship with Dr Alexandra Albuquerque, the Head of International Relations ,was established by CPUT’s Dr Dr Shairn Hollis-Turner.

A mobility agreement was originally signed in 2019 which was set to expire in 2021 but extended to July 2022 due to the impact of Covid-19 and the subsequent country lockdowns that affected all the travel planned for 2020 and 2021.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za