CUT expands collaboration beyond SA borders

Prof. Alfred Ngowi, CUT acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal; Dr Erold Naomab, NUST Vice-Chancellor and Dr Erling Kavita, NUST Executive Director in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office.

The Central University of Technology (CUT) has continued its strides of looking to form partnerships beyond the borders of South Africa.

The CUT institution this week hosted the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) to engage on possible co-application to internationally funded programmes that will enable mobility and research collaboration.

According to the statement issued by CUT, NUST Vice-Chancellor, Dr Erold Naomab, was accompanied by Dr Erling Kavita, Executive Director in the Vice-Chancellor’s office to discuss possible partnerships that will allow and increase the number of students and staff mobility between the two institutions.

The CUT acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Alfred Ngowi, said the cross-border collaboration will benefit both universities and better communities. He said he is excited to reveal some of the CUT projects that may further add to the collaboration between the two institutions. Some of the previous collaborations between the two institutions include the formalization of the CUT-NUST agreement, which was followed ny a delegation visit to NUST in 2018. In the statement issued by the campus, another collaboration saw NUST officials partaking in the CUT innovation week, which led to discussions on the model of research management that NUST uses to implement research projects.

Meanwhile Kavita encouraged more leisure tourism between the two countries, stating this might lead to much needed economic growth. “There are no jobs, we have to create jobs and I think this is the direction to go, the direction of innovation and collaboration and looking for avenues that we can really explore. We are a young institution, but that should give us enough intelligence to learn from those who have made mistakes so that we do not make the same ones. We can plan better and from those opportunities use our scarce resources in a better way, ensuring inclusivity especially regarding students for future projects,” said Dr Kavita.

Naomab suggested that both institutions should create a platform where they allow academics and experts to share ideas and discuss substantial investment in research and its purpose.

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