The Midlands State University (MSU) and North-West University (NWU) of South Africa have begun talks to establish a relationship that will see the two institutions collaborating in a number of areas.

The two institutions held discussions at MSU’s Gweru Main Campus on the 15th of May, 2019, whose outcomes are expected to see the two, signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

North-West University, Director of the School of Economics and Decision Sciences, Professor Nehemiah Matevera, said as a university they were looking to conduct collaborative research with regional partners across different disciplines that included science and social sciences.

‘We can harmonise or align modules, be it in Computer Science, Applied Statistics, Mathematics or community engagement. We asked ourselves, why leave out universities in the region because most of the countries in the SADC region share a similar history, experiences and challenges’, he said.

Midlands State University Executive Dean of Research and Postgraduate Studies, Professor Laurine Chikoko, described the collaboration as a golden opportunity that will expand horizons for both students and academic staff through exchange programmes.

‘We are looking at a scenario where we can explore the possibility of bidding for funding together. I see there is also room for collaboration, which will be good for us in terms of achieving objectives in internationalisation,’ she said.

The meeting which was organised by the MSU Faculty of Science and Technology was also attended by representatives from various departments within the Faculty, and representatives from the Research and Postgraduate Studies Office and Incubation Hub.

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