Fellows from the American Council on Education received a warm welcome on their visit to the Durban University of Technology on Tuesday, to engage with DUT academics and management on various issues currently facing universities in both South Africa and the USA.The ACE Fellows programme is a platform to provide a comprehensive professional development opportunity for emerging higher education administrators through placement and mentorship at another institution of higher learning. The fellows participate in a series of structured seminars as well as visits to other University campuses, systems and organisations linked to the operations of post-secondary education.
The visit included a tour of the DUT City Campus and a panel discussion on issues around university tuition, student activism and the role of higher education in regional economic development. These are among a range of issues that the current group of ACE Fellows saw as facing Universities in both countries in addition to their effort to strengthen international partnerships designed to enhance research and learning.
Prof Kevin Allison, ACE Fellow, said the visit to DUT has been an amazing learning opportunity and that as academics they have gained plenty of insight from the history of the University that was the merger of two separate institutions, to result in what is now DUT. He added that the fellows are also looking forward to future connections with DUT.
ACE has a history of partnerships with Universities South Africa, formerly Higher Education South Africa. Between 2003 and 2008, 22 senior South African leaders in Higher Education participated in the HESA/ACE Exchange programme including DUT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof Nomthandazo Gwele, Prof Darren Lortan and DUT Vice-Chancellor Prof Thandwa Mthembu.
Pictured: Prof Allison addressing the people at the workshop.