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ACU Representative visits DUT

ACU Representative visits DUT

The International Education and Partnerships (IEP) Directorate continually supports the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in its drive towards becoming a globally positioned University of Technology.

In its aim to achieve its goal, the International Education and Partnership Directorate hosts various international guests in a bid to develop partnerships with other universities internationally.

The IEP recently hosted a visit by Mr Korede Bolade, a Senior Membership Officer–International from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) on 10 October 2019. The ACU is a membership organisation with over 500 members across more than 50 countries. Established over 100 years ago, the ACU is the world’s first international University network, representing the future and the world’s youngest populations. DUT is one of the 16 member universities in South Africa.

The purpose of the visit was to update the DUT community on upcoming opportunities the ACU has, including Scholarships, Fellowships, and Early Career Conference Grants, and to discuss how the ACU can better support DUT in the work that they do. Sharing the work that the ACU has been doing with member universities in South Africa, in his presentation Mr Bolade said that 849 South Africans have received a Commonwealth Masters or PhD Scholarship or Fellowship since 1960. He further added that Commonwealth Alumni include the likes of Dr Cassius Reginald Lubisi (Director-General: The Presidency of South Africa) as well as Professor Mohamed Saleem Badat (Programme Director, International Higher Education, and Strategic Projects programme), to name but a few.

Mr Bolade also shared that last year the ACU Fellowship Award 2018 was awarded to Prof Oluwatosin Ijabadeniyi for research, collaboration, and exchange of ideas at the University of Manitoba, Canada on the use of natural antimicrobials to control foodborne pathogens in fresh produce. Prof Ijabadeniyi is a professor at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Technology.

“We are creating life-changing opportunities. The ACU awards Fellowships, Early Career Conference Grants, access to ACU Summer School, Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships, and manage the UK government’s three main scholarship, programmes: Chevening, Commonwealth, and Marshall Scholarships,” said Mr Bolade.

Prof Sibusiso Moyo, the DVC for Research Innovation and Engagement, thanked Mr Bolade for the visit and for the information that he shared. She said that it was important that the DUT community, in particular students, are aware of the opportunities offered by ACU. For more information, follow the link,

Pictured: DUT staff and Mr Korede Bolade, a Senior Membership Officer–International from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Phumzile Xulu

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