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Malawian Delegates on a Benchmarking Visit to UKZN

November 29, 2017

                                                 UKZN academics with the delegation from Malawi. Day.

Delegates from the Malawi Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi recently visited the College of Law and Management Studies (CLMS) on a benchmarking trip.

The University aims to transform its Faculty of Commerce into a Business School/ College and wanted to learn best practices from reputable institutions such as UKZN and in particular, the Graduate School of Business and Leadership.

‘We are interested in learning the structure of the College and its Schools, how it fits into the University set up, programs that it offers, enrolment, resource mobilisation strategies and any other valuable information that we can learn. Some of our staff members have done or are doing their postgraduate studies at UKZN and we would like to consider collaboration in areas of external examination and other exchange programmes,’ said Polytechnic’s Principal, Professor Grant Kululanga.

The visit began at the airport where the delegation was received by the College’s Acting Dean of Research Professor Harold Ngalawa and the Acting Dean of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Professor Mabutho Sibanda. The delegates then proceeded to engage with academics from the School of Management, IT and Governance and the Dean of the Graduate School of Business and Leadership Professor Theuns Pelser, the School’s Academic Leader of Teaching and Learning Dr Macdonald Kanyangale and UKZN’s Principal International Advisor Ms Tasmeera Singh. Topics of discussion included the importance of blended learning, the value of close relationships and partnerships with industry, a flexible and customer orientated MBA programme and a possibility of fostering a partnership and collaborating between UKZN and Polytechnic in future.

Speaking on behalf of the College, Ngalawa said that nurturing and cultivating international links for collaboration is a priority for the College.

‘It is important for us a research led institution whose vision is to be The Premier University of African Scholarship to build partnerships that will contribute to not only research productivity but the sharing of knowledge and expertise. We look forward to having a close relationship with Polytechnic and exploring mutually beneficial areas of collaboration,’ he said.

Words and photograph: Thandiwe Jumo

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