Campus hosts South Korean delegation

Annette Willemse -- Sun, 01/31/2016 - 12:39

Campus hosts South Korean delegation

A delegation consisting of 18 representatives from the Hanseo University of Seosan in South Korea recently visited the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).

Prof Herman van der Merwe addressing the delegation

The visit is a continuation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed between the North-West University and the Hanseo University in 2007. The MOU entails the exchange of academics, students, collaboration in community projects and the presentation of leadership seminars.

A visit to the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology

On Friday, 29 January 2016, the delegation - accompanied by Mr Theo Bekker: Director for Strategic Projects in the office of the Vice-Chancellor, spend a day in the company of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus. The day’s programme started with a presentation by the Executive Dean of the Faculty, Prof Herman van der Merwe. In his presentation – “The who, what, why and wow of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology”, Prof Van der Merwe gave an overview of the Faculty’s academic programmes, research endeavours and community projects.  He emphasised that the Faculty is working towards becoming the business and information technology hub of the North-West University.

The remainder of the day saw the delegation visiting various units within the Faculty, including:

  • Serious Games Institute – South Africa

The visit to SGI-SA proved to be a highlight for the visitors, with members of the delegation being spoilt with various interactive gaming demonstrations. Miss Diane-Lee Pretorius, a senior member of SGI-SA gave an overview of the institute’s various innovative projects and she furthermore shared information on how serious games can be applied within the realms of business, industry, government and academia.

  • bHive Enterprise Development Centre

A visit to the new ultra-modern bHive Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) facility saw members of YEBO – the Young Entrepreneur Business Organisation, share their experiences regarding entrepreneurship with the delegation. Representatives who completed the Enterprising Women short course programme were also in attendance.

  • Robotics

Robotics and the science thereof was illustrated by staff and students from the School of Information Technology. This presentation aimed to communicate the message that robotics not only represent a vibrant social experience, but also a viable intervention to develop problem-solving skills which may be used in all aspects of life.

Getting to know the Campus community

The delegates enjoyed a light lunch next to the Vaal River in the company of several management members as well as representatives from the Campus Student Representative Council (CSRC).

On Friday evening the delegation was invited to a formal dinner to meet various other important stakeholders, such as: the Vaal Campus Management Committee (VMC), Academic School Directors and industry partners such as the local Business Chamber.

More about the MOU

Although the MOU initially only focused on the Mafikeng Campus with particular emphasis on agricultural development in terms of food security, it will now also include the NWU’s other campuses and projects. This follows the decision in 2015 of Prof Dan Kgwadi, Vice-Chancellor, to re-align the projects to include all three campuses.

The delegation was led by Prof Yun Tae Seoup and they visited more than 18 community projects in the Potchefstroom and Vaal Triangle areas.