For the first time in the history of QS higher education events, two universities from two continents – University of Johannesburg from Africa and Nanyang Technological University from Asia – co-hosted the 3rd QS MAPLE conference together on 7-8 May 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
It was on the first day, 7th May 2013, of the QS MAPLE conference that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Prof Ihron Rensburg and the President of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Prof Bertil Anderson.
The aim of the MoU is to provide for cooperation on academic activities between the two institutions that will strengthen mutual understanding, foster friendly co-operation and encourage mutually beneficial scientific, technological, educational and other relations.
The scope of the MoU includes the exchange of academics for the purpose of research, teaching and the presentation of special courses in their fields of specialisation; student exchanges and study abroad programmes; the placement of 10 students annually by NTU in partner organisations/business in Singapore; joint research programmes; collaboration on third party-funded educational or economic assistance activities, exchange of postgraduate students in respect of specific research projects, the exchange of scientific and educational literature; the organisation of conferences, seminars and symposiums and other activities that may be mutually agreed upon.
UJ proved again, with this remarkable gesture, that “Rethink Education, Reinvent Yourself” is not just a slogan but, an ideology it believes in. Such agreements will help the university students to reinvent themselves as they are provided with an opportunity to acquire learning in the 21st century that is locally relevant but global in outlook.