Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has once again stormed into the unchartered waters of internationalisation. In less than two months of signing an MoU with Swedish universities through South Africa-Swedish Forum (SASUF), MUT has now dug its feet deep into the Baltic Sea.
The Baltic is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean, enclosed by Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the North and Central European Plain. MUT academics and SASUF staff will be participating in 11 of the 100 virtual workshops by 38 participating universities in South Africa and Sweden.
“Our colleagues have taken it upon themselves to identify issues from their research and from projects they are working on that should respond to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. When I signed the MoU with SASUF in July, I did not expect to see such a quick turnaround in international collaborations. We are seeing a new breed of academics and support services staff that can collaborate at national and international levels”, said Professor Marcus Ramogale, Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal of MUT.
Professor Ramogale noted the projects submitted by the faculties with deans playing a pivotal role in getting their faculties represented and added that “What is also striking are workshops submitted from Community Engagement and Development Directorate, Student Counselling, MarComms and the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement. The University has accelerated its internationalisation agenda and this is what I committed myself to when I was requested to ensure that Vision 2025 is not compromised”.