Graduates to benefit

2020-03-18 06:00
The Central University of Technology, Free State and University West in Sweden signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 18 February, strengthening their partnership to work on collaboration on integrated learning. From the left are Prof. Alfred Ngowi (CUT Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research), Prof. Henk de Jager (CUT Vice-Chancellor and Principal), Prof. Martin Hellström (University West, Sweden Vice-Chancellor) and Prof. Lars Svensson (Research and PhD Studies.University West, Sweden)Photo: Supplied

The Central University of Technology, Free State and University West in Sweden signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 18 February, strengthening their partnership to work on collaboration on integrated learning. From the left are Prof. Alfred Ngowi (CUT Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research), Prof. Henk de Jager (CUT Vice-Chancellor and Principal), Prof. Martin Hellström (University West, Sweden Vice-Chancellor) and Prof. Lars Svensson (Research and PhD Studies.University West, Sweden)Photo: Supplied

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The Central University of Technology (CUT) Free State and University West (UW) in Sweden have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) strengthening a partnership to benefit graduates.

The memorandum and agreement signed on 18 February will enable the two universities to collaborate on Work Integrated Learning (WIL), a concept aimed at empowering its graduates.

The two universities’ partnership dates from 2017 and has flourished, based on commonalities identified between the two universities, as well as different niche areas of excellence.

Part of this has seen the UW’s focus on the WIL research and help students at postgraduate level, while the CUT’s focus on operationalising and managing WIL at undergraduate level.

In 2011 the Swedish Department for Higher Education granted UW accreditation to award doctoral degrees with a specialisation in WIL.

The university then developed an internationally acclaimed research environment in the field of WIL, becoming the only university that offers a complete doctoral degree programme in WIL.

Prof. Henk de Jager, CUT Vice-Chancellor and Principal, has express his appreciation of the partnership, pointing out that the two universities have much in common making it possible to take WIL to the next level.

“One common area that brings us together is work-integrated learning. There are several commonalities between what you are doing and what we are striving for, with a strong focus on academia-industry interface. The CUT has a resolution that work-integrated learning must be a compulsory part of all our academic programmes, while UW is offering the first PhD in work-integrated learning. I believe that, by working together, we can promote WIL and be sure that our students are relevant and equipped with the right skills set”, said De Jager.

The two universities aim to promote wider co-operation in health sciences and the digi- talisation of education areas, working together by exchanging best practices to bring efficiency.

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