On Thursday, September 27, 2018, Dr. Ron Kovach, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Suleyman Bahceci, Executive Vice President for University Advancement, represented Virginia International University (VIU) at the Embassy of South Africa’s reception in Washington, DC celebrating the South Africa-U.S.A Higher Education Workshop aimed at fostering collaboration between both countries.
The reception, hosted by the Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa, his Excellency Mninwa J Mahlangu, officially opened the South Africa-U.S.A Higher Education Workshop co-organized by the Embassy of South Africa and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). The focus of the Workshop is aimed at deepening collaboration between South Africa and US institutions of higher learning and leveraging on existing programs including the University Capacity Development Programme (UCDP) and the United States-South Africa Higher Education Network (US-SA HE Network).
The UCDP is a comprehensive program designed to build capacity in South Africa universities in the area of student, staff, and program/curriculum development. The US-SA HE Network provides a vehicle for encouraging exchange and interaction between higher education institutions in South Africa and the United States and was formally launced in South Africa in July 2018. The Workshop is the next step in consolidating and enhancing South Africa – United States cooperation on matters of higher education.
VIU currently has over 100 active MoUs with institutions of higher education worldwide and is strategically engaged in developing new partnerships with overseas institutions of higher education to foster areas of academic collaboration, training and exchange.
For more information about VIU’s collaborations and partnership program visit: https://www.viu.edu/our-university/viu-partnership/collaborations-and-partnerships/