23 July 2014 Volume :2 Issue :39

US Visitors Enjoy UKZN Experience

US Visitors Enjoy UKZN Experience
US students and academics with UKZN academics from the Discipline of Sports Science.

Academics from the Department of Kinesiology at East Carolina University in the United States as well as seven students from Florida State University visited UKZN as guests of the Corporate Relations Division and the Discipline of Sports Science

The students’ visit formed part of a Study Abroad Programme they are completing through the East Carolina University.  

The delegation included Mr Gabe Dubis, who is an academic in the Department of Kinesiology, and Professor Bob Hickner, a fractional professor in the College of Health Sciences. 

Hickner, a specialist in exercise metabolism and nutrition, expressed an interest in working together with UKZN in developing research at both institutions.   

The partnership is being driven by Professor Andrew Mckune of UKZN’s Discipline of Sports Science who is drafting a Memorandum of Understanding between the universities. 

Said Hickner: ‘We are overwhelmed by the warm welcome we received from the University and very impressed by the orientation programme organised for us.  We are looking forward to a long relationship with UKZN.’  

The students, all first-time visitors to South Africa, enjoyed spending a few days in residence on the Westville campus.   

Their action-packed week started with an orientation programme organised by the International Office on the Westville campus.  

Their activities in KwaZulu-Natal included watching the Sharks rugby team in training, visiting a game park and a trip to the Drakensberg.  They then went to Cape Town for two days before returning to the United States.


Shakila Thakurpersad


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