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Friday, 08 March 2024

Enhancing cooperation between SA and German universities

WORKING TOGETHER: The THENSA-DHIK colloquium was held in Cape Town this week. WORKING TOGETHER: The THENSA-DHIK colloquium was held in Cape Town this week.

The Technological Higher Education Network South Africa (THENSA) yesterday hosted a colloquium aimed at enhancing and strengthening cooperation between its partner universities and partner universities of the German University Consortium for International Cooperations, DHIK.

The DHIK delegation, including consortium chairman, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Leonhard, is also visiting a number of institutions, including CPUT, during this week and opportunities to cooperate in topics like student and staff exchanges, capacity building, joint modules, research cooperation, technology- and knowledge transfer, and entrepreneurship are being explored.

Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Hon. Buti Manamela, delivered the keynote address at the colloquium, which was held at the Cape Town Marriot Hotel Crystal Towers.

Attendees were welcomed by Prof Chris Nhlapo, CPUT Vice-Chancellor and Chairperson of the Board of THENSA.

Nhlapo said THENSA was privileged to welcome DHIK.

He said THENSA had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with DHIK to collaborate in a number of areas and chief among them are curriculum development, faculty staff exchange, student exchange research exchange, cooperation and programme coordination, as well as joint fund application.

In his address Manamela noted that South Africa and Germany have a long history of scientific and technological cooperation.

“Opportunities to cooperate in areas, like student and staff exchanges, capacity building, joint modules, research technology and knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship development are sufficient, there's no doubt. This colloquium will provide us with clear ideas on how to enhance the work that is being done under the auspices of THENSA-DHIK.

The event also provided opportunity for group discussions on the various focus areas of collaboration.

THENSA is a representative body for technology-focused higher education institutions in South Africa and Africa and is governed by a Board of Directors, comprising the Vice-Chancellors of its ten member institutions. The DHIK is a consortium of nearly 40 German universities and one from Switzerland.

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za