28 October 2015 Volume :3 Issue :49

United States Consul-General Visits UKZN

United States Consul-General Visits UKZN
Ms Frances Chisholm with Professor Albert Modi outside the Rabie Saunders Building.

United States Consul-General based in Durban, Ms Frances Chisholm, visited the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES), spending an afternoon with staff from the School and visiting facilities at the Ukulinga Research Farm, the Controlled Environment Facility (CEF) and the Rabie Saunders Building.

Chisholm had a brief discussion with Professor Albert Modi, Dean and Head of SAEES, about opportunities for engagement between the School and various institutions in the US. Programmes discussed included Borlaug Global Research Alliance Fellowships; the Cochran Fellowship and ECA programmes including the Fulbright Specialist Programme; the Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship; the Mandela Washington Fellowship; the Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship Programme; the Community College Initiative Programme and the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Programme.

Such programmes would benefit both staff and students of the School and UKZN with applications from South Africa being welcome.

Chisholm, who has a Masters in Agricultural Economics degree from Imperial College at the London University,  said it had been a pleasure to meet staff and students working at SAEES in various capacities, adding it had rekindled her passion for agriculture.

After having first earned a Bachelor of Arts and Honours in History, Chisholm excelled at Agricultural Economics, receiving the 150th Anniversary Prize in Agricultural Economics from London University, making her visit to SAEES a very appropriate one.

Modi said that he looked forward to seeing how the School’s relationship with the US - through the Consulate-General - would develop.

Christine Cuénod

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