Graduate School Completes Spring 2017 South Africa Collaboration Trip

Release Date: April 24 2017

Building upon spring 2016’s trip, the University of Florida sent a three-person delegation in March 2017 to South Africa to explore collaborative opportunities with institutions based near Cape Town and Johannesburg.

During the trip, the delegation met with department directors, college deans, and colleagues in leadership at International Offices and Postgraduate Offices at respective institutions. There were three main objectives of the trip: facilitate collaboration for the College of Education; coordinate potential research collaboration with any of UF’s colleges and relevant faculty at partner institutions; and pursue collaboration that will foster opportunities for graduate students at UF and partners institutions to develop a network of international colleagues via teaching and research experiences.

The delegation met with seven institutions, including Stellenbosch University, University of the Western Cape, University of Cape Town, University of Pretoria, University of the Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg, and North West University.

The aim of the trip was to explore possible collaborations with high-quality institutional partners throughout the continent, as well as increase enrollment of students from Africa in UF Master’s, Doctoral and English Language programs.

Overlap in areas of research was evident throughout the trip, and preliminary efforts suggest collaboration will be ongoing with a number of institutions visited last month.