DVC Humanities Heads Delegation to Meet with Mauritian President
A delegation from UKZN’s College of Humanities, headed by Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Humanities Professor Cheryl Potgieter, recently visited the newly inaugurated President of Mauritius, Her Excellency Professor Ameenah Gurib-Fakim.
The delegation was in Mauritius to conduct a review of two PhD cohorts which the School of Education is running on the Indian Ocean Island. Professor Potgieter was accompanied by Dean and Head of School of Education Professor Gregory Kamwendo and College Dean of Research Professor Driekie Hay-Swemmer.
The Mauritian President, the first woman president of Mauritius is a highly rated academic and is very familiar with the South African science system. She is the recipient of various international awards including the L'Oréal–UNESCO Prize for Women in Science (2007) and the African Union Award for Women in Science.
At the meeting held at State House, the Mauritian President acknowledged UKZN’s standing as a research led university and mentioned her engagements with Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, one of South Africa’s leading HIV and AIDS researchers from UKZN’s Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA).
The President indicated her support and endorsed the partnership between the College of Humanities and the Mauritius Institute of Education as a direct outcome is increasing the number of academics in Mauritius who hold doctoral degrees. A suggestion by the President is for UKZN to consider extending a formal partnership with the University of Mauritius.
Professor Potgieter and her team are exploring the option as currently the College of Humanities has academics who collaborate with and assist the University of Mauritius with various academic endeavors.