TUT sealing partnerships and collaboration agreements with German counterparts.
“As the higher education environment changes and develops, TUT is deliberately seeking ways to foster collaboration between researchers and academics, as well as providing opportunities for new enterprise initiatives and projects,” said Dr Vathiswa Papu-Zamxaka, the DVC responsible for Research, Innovation, Internationalisation and Postgraduate studies.
She added that the partnerships with universities in Germany is a perfect example of our vibrant, effective and well-managed collaboration efforts.
- In 2022, TUT signed an MoU with Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HWST).
- Before the end of 2022, one staff member from the Faculty of Science visited HSWT as part of the staff exchange programme.
- TUT, through its Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, subsequently participated in a joint EU funding proposal with HSWT and other partner universities, which are part of the consortium.
- The funding proposal submitted in March 2023 has been successful and the award letter for an amount of 880 Euros obtained in Aug 2023.
- In June 2023, the DVC attended and presented at the African-Bavarian Academy: Climate Change Management workshop held at HSWT.
- Since 2021, the Tshwane School for Business and Society (TSB) has been collaborating with Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm. The agreement that has been renewed until 2027 includes international Fieldtrip for MBA Students; research collaboration; staff and student exchange programmes - 11 students and 10 staff form part of the exchange.
- Additionally, Prof Mammo Munchie, DST/NRF Research Professor at the Faculty of Management Sciences, is part of the Excellence Lab: Boosting Research and Innovation Cooperation Between Africa and Bavaria on Environmental Protection and the Circular Economy.
Dr Papu-Zamxaka concluded that since 2019, the University has had effective agreements with consulting firms and other service providers in the German Development Cooperation. “We also had sponsorship agreements with the Covestro Deutschland AG towards the solar dryer machine. These partnerships, and many more, have contributed endlessly to our academic and scientific progress,” she said.