The conference concluded today at the ICC in Durban, South Africa.
Here are highlights from Day 5:
The morning started with an interesting session on Globalisation and Internationalisation. Dr Jasper Rees from ARC, Research and Innovation Systems was the Session Chair.
He reminded everyone that the aim is to bring long term international partnerships.
Dr Victor Ibeanusi of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, USA let everyone know of a summit he is planning in September in Orlando. He noted that we all need energy, water and food. He also remarked on these two opportunities: he is looking for oyster ranchers – these are the ways you can create jobs; For academics he gave us this opportunity – he is looking for PhD students.
Professor Ramesh Kanwar of the University of Hawaii, USA asked this interesting question, ‘What percentage of your students are international students? What can we do to attract the talent to the university?’ asked Prof Kanwar.
Professor Chindo Hicks of Louisiana State University suggested that MUT should look at developing a data hub. He also mentioned that he would like some students from MUT to visit their institution.
Mr Guilherme Approbato from SUPERA Park at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil noted that he has seen a gap between research and the market in South Africa. ‘Innovation also comes from difficult times,’ said Mr Approbato.
Dr Syed Shams Yazdani of IGEB New Delhi, India observed that South Africa and India have a lot of common problems. ‘We believe there are many areas where we can work together,’ said Dr Yazdani.
Professor Thiago Romanelli of University of Sao Paulo, Brazil stated that when you talked about public education in Brazil you are talking about free education; students don’t pay. He revealed possible initiatives on the individual level for hosting grad students during research.
In a Q & A session Professor Kanwar noted that universities should look to collaborate with bigger institutions if there was a problem of funding. He also noted that one should develop the potential of those students that don’t have much money or the required grades.
The final session of the day involved Signing of MOUs with MUT and the representatives from the various institutions.
On 14 July 2017 at the Durban ICC MUT signed MOUs with representatives from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Louisiana State University, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB – India), University of Sao Paulo’s Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture, Brazil, University of Sao Paulo’s SUPERA Technology Park, Brazil, University of Hawaii, Honolulu.
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