Dr Vathiswa Papu-Zamxaka, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Engagement.
TUT, the biggest contact university in South Africa, has several agreements with universities and institutions around the world, which forms a broad framework for a range of activities. These include exchange programmes for academic staff and students, joint research collaboration, co-supervision of postgraduate students, dual doctoral degree programmes (Cotutelle), expanding our teaching and learning expertise and increasing cultural understanding and cooperation.
Speaking on these partnerships, Dr Vathiswa Papu-Zamxaka, Deputy Vice-Chancellor responsible for TUT’s Research, Innovation, Internationalisation and Postgraduate studies, said, as one of the African continent’s leading academic and research dynamos, TUT collaborates with partners across the globe to inform its teaching and learning as well as cutting-edge research and innovation.
“Our University makes knowledge work and pioneer innovative thinking and sustainable strategic partnerships across the globe. We understand that Universities are becoming increasingly globalised, like businesses, thus, universities have been looking into strengthening ties and forming strategic alliances with universities abroad to offer international experiences to their students as well as enhancing their hard, soft and cross-cultural skills,” she said.
“We will continue to work tirelessly to implement these internationalisation strategies aimed at promoting international student recruitment and mobility as the central tools of contemporary universities operating in a global and competitive context,” said Dr Papu-Zamxaka.
TUT’s current collaboration agreements include countries such as Sweden, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Russia, Ireland, Australia and the USA.