NWU and Swedish universities benefit from exchange initiative

Belinda Bantham -- Tue, 08/14/2018 - 09:18

NWU and Swedish universities benefit from exchange initiative

In accordance with the terms of an international Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the North-West University (NWU) and the Linnaeus University (LNU) in Sweden, several staff members, and students from both institutions of higher learning, will take part in a student/lecturer and research exchange collaboration programme.

The programme, dubbed the Linnaeus Palme project, will run from 2017 to 2020.

Prof Herman van der Elst, a senior lecturer in political studies and international relations in the School of Government Studies on the campus in Vanderbijlpark, explains that the Linnaeus Palme project represents a collaboration between the NWU’s subject group of Political Studies and LNU’s department of Political Science.

He explains that the project – against the backdrop of the original MOU that was signed in 2011 – aims to further enhance internationalisation and promote greater collaboration between the institutions. “For the NWU the project adds immense value since our POLS and POLI modules are now being internationally recognised in the accumulation of credits at LNU,” says Prof Van der Elst.

More about the Linnaeus Palme project

The project is financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and is being administrated by the Swedish Council for Higher Education.  

At present two students from LNU, Klara Ligovic and Adam Karlsson, are at home at the campus in Vanderbijlpark where they are registered for the second semester in Political Studies. Two students from the NWU, Duncan Mthembu and Lesego More, will in turn register at LNU for the remainder of the academic year. The two subjects they are registered for link up with their research for the respective MA degree studies.

During September, Prof Van der Elst and Dr Pieter Heydenrych – from the NWU’s campus in Potchefstroom – will visit LNU and host guest lectures on African politics. Their Swedish counterparts, Prof Daniel Silander and Dr Charlotte Silander, will visit South Africa in October to lecture courses on EU integration and feminism.

At the back are NWU students Duncan Mthembu and Lesego More. In front are Adam Karlsson and Klara Ligovic from LNU.