MUT recommended as an institution of choice

Mangosuthu University of Technology

The road to internationalisation for MUT has been given a bigger boost by the Department of Higher Education & Training’s director for Institutional Funding, and his colleagues. The aim was to introduce the Sibusiso Bhengu Development Grant (SB-DG) and how MUT will benefit from it. MUT executive management attended a Teams’ meeting with the team from the DHET’s SB-DG which was chaired by Mr Alfred Makgato, director in this programme. In his introduction he said, “MUT came out tops in our intent to position it with the Canada Chamber of Commerce and the Norwergian Embassy. As an institution of our choice, MUT must benefit highly.” One of the strategic priorities for the SB-DG is to leverage local, regional, national and international collaboration and partnerships to support the development of the university. In addition, SB-DG aims to contribute to the development of localities and communities, possibly through adopting an anchor-institution approach as a means of aligning with the district-development approach being advanced by government. MUT has made headway in developing an Anchor Strategy and this dovetails with the vision of the SB-DG. From various input by EMC members, this support by the SB-DG will augment efforts on internationalisation that are already underway, and help position many of MUT’s research activities that support the 17 goals of sustainable development and those of NDP 2030. Dr Manyana Makua, Acting DVC: Teaching and Learning, has already made a submission on the brief paper for the SB-DG to position MUT to these partners.