School of Economic Sciences strengthens international ties with Namibia

Annette Willemse -- Wed, 03/30/2016 - 08:31

School of Economic Sciences strengthens international ties with Namibia

A delegation from the School of Economic Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), recently visited the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST) as part of an existing collaboration agreement.

The visit took place after an invitation from Prof Dr Cyril Ayetuoma Ogbokor, dean of the NUST´s Faculty of Management Sciences. During the visit Dr Danie Meyer and Dr Paul Muzindutsi (both from the NWU Vaal School of Economic Sciences) discussed initiatives such as supervision, external examiners, research fellows, data collection and comparative studies, collaboration in terms of Local Economic Development, conference planning, special lectures, short courses and degree enhancement and the possibility of greater collaboration with regards to the Centre for Enterprise Development at NUST.

Prof Dr C Ogbokor (NUST), Dr Paul Muzindutsi and Dr Danie Meyer (both from the NWU Vaal).

The way forward

According to Dr Meyer, the visit yielded great success and several interventions is set to follow suit, two of which being closer collaboration with the Centre for Enterprise Development (CED) at NUST and a book on Local Economic Development and Poverty Studies.

In terms of the Centre for Enterprise Development (CED), Dr Meyer explains that the need for closer and more frequent collaboration between the two institutions of higher learning were identified. Special emphasis is set to be placed on short courses and the development of an incubator section. Training will also be provided by the faculty supported research area AppLED (Applied Local Economic Development), on the Vaal Triangle Campus.

A book on Local Economic Development and Poverty Studies is also on the cards, and Dr Meyer says that although still in the planning phase, the book will consist of ten chapters. The work put into the compilation of the chapters will furthermore increase research outputs at both institutions. The book will be case study based and the delegation is currently busy securing a publisher.

The importance of collaborations

“A collaborative agreement is not worth the paper it is printed on if not actively implemented and perused,” says Dr Meyer and adds that the value – not only in terms of research, but also experience and knowledge sharing, cannot be overemphasised.

The importance of international collaboration in higher education and research should always, according to Dr Meyer, be made explicit. “The question then is how to shape education in such a way that learning globally contributes to the capacity to address needs locally.”