EMC wishes Vice-Chancellor success as he leads a delegation to the USA

Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale

Professor Marcus Ramogale will lead a delegation to three states in the USA from 6-19 May 2023. These states are Florida, Georgia, and Ohio. This visit arises from MUT Strategy 2025’s Goal 4: Targeted national and international engagements. When Professor Ramogale was requested to act in this position in May 2020, the University had no formal MoUs. Today, MUT has close to 14 MoUs and many are underway across the globe. The visit includes Professor Nokuthula Sibiya, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation, and Engagements; as well as Ms Mbali Mkhize, senior director: Marketing & Communications and currently supporting the Office of the Vice-Chancellor in the internationalisation of MUT. Professor Ramogale was officially invited by the Presidents Dr Larry Robinson from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University to re-formalise and sign a new MoU and Dr Helene D. Gayle, President of Spelman College, which has already signed an MoU with MUT at the beginning of the year. MUT has a 23-year relationship with these universities. This is a great success factor in stakeholder engagement: know who you want to have a relationship with. In Atlanta, the VC will not only visit Spelman College but has also been invited by Clark Atlanta University and Agnes Scott College. In Ohio, the VC will sign an MoU with SOIL 1 which is a billion-dollar organization attached to some research institutes at Ohio State and Sinclair College. “It is of interest to note that, Dr Terry Hofecker, CEO of SOIL 1 who was introduced to us by Dr Bonginkosi Mthembu, HoD in the department of Community Extension, has embraced MUT like a long-standing partner. He has gone out of the way to set up strategic meetings for us, culminating in the signing of the MoU with his organisation. We are humbled and I am committed to ensure there is a return on investment from this visit”, said Prof Ramogale.