UKZN joins hands with U.S. varsity

2013-12-06 00:00

INTERNATIONAL students from the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University in the United States, may find a second home at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) Howard College campus as the two institutions have partnered to facilitate an academic exchange programme.

UKZN spokesperson Sejal Desai said the institution had a good partnership with Arcadia University.

“The partnership is aimed at expanding UKZN’s study abroad component,” Desai said.

She said the university’s strong reputation for academic excellence and its emphasis upon diversity made it one of the most progressive and innovative institutions in the country.

“This has led to wider recognition both throughout Africa and internationally”.

According to the Academic Rankings of World Universities, UKZN holds an additional distinction as one of three universities in Africa rated among the top 500 universities in the world.

Vice president of Arcadia University and executive director of the College of Global Studies Lorna Stern said UKZN and its location in one of South Africa’s most diverse coastal cities provided an extraordinary academic and experiential opportunity for students.

“Within 15 minutes’ travel time, students may move from a thoroughly urban and cosmopolitan city environment to small rural communities that maintain a very traditional way of life.”

Resident director for the College of Global Studies, Arcadia University in South Africa Dr Alan Jansen said the province offered a perfect setting in the country for an international student to explore.

“Because of what the tropical city of Durban does … students will be able to explore its rich cultural, linguistic, religious, recreational and environmental diversity while studying at an internationally ranked university.”

He said the university was strong on research in crucial areas like HIV-Aids, sustainable development, food security and maritime studies.

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