MUT’s second International Week (I-Week) is an exemplar of a vision cascaded down and implemented. The I-Week was held physically at the Durban International Convention Centre, virtually on Microsoft Teams, and broadcast occasionally on MUT Radio from 21 to 24 November 2022.
In less than two years, with the support of Professor Marcus Ramogale, Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal of MUT, and the Acting DVC for Teaching and Learning, Dr Manyane Makua, the University has been able to host a successful I-Week.
“The success in this regard refers to the quality of the programme, presenters, universities attending and partners supporting the International Week. Kicking the week off with heavyweights in internationalisation, the I-Week exposed to all attendees that internationalization is the responsibility of every department. Internationalisation intersects across all spheres of a university and right into its community”, said Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at MUT who was tasked with developing and implementing the Internationalisation Strategy.
“Our agility as a department played a huge role and it was no easy task to bring together all 40 speakers, of which over a dozen were either across borders or spread across provinces. But we pulled it off. The spinoffs are great, and they range from knowledge management, alignment with the vision of our cities and the Republic, more understanding of the SDGs, government goals, and of course, our university,” Mkhize explained.
The Vice-Chancellor has committed to present this bigger picture at one of the strategic workshops early in the year.
For more on the MUT I-Week, visit https://www.mut.ac.za/internationalisation/i-week/.