North-West University Academic Administrators Visit Brock University to Further Institutional Collaboration

North-West University Academic Administrators Visit Brock University to Further Institutional Collaboration

On August 1, 2006, two academic administrators from one of Brock’s newest partner institution North-West University, South Africa, arrived for a busy four days of meetings and workshops. Dr. N. Takalo, Deputy Vice Chancellor of North-West University, and Dr. M. Mokoena, Head of the Department of Professional Studies and Internship, Faculty of Education Sciences, met with members of the Faculty of Education regarding a joint project entitled “Indigenous Literacy and Language across the Curriculum” and to explore other areas for collaboration.

Brock University recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with North-West University to explore possible collaboration in the areas of faculty and professional staff visits and exchanges, as well as student exchange. Already the linkage between our two institutions has been very active. In early November 2005, Associate Vice-President Research and International Development, Dr. Michael Owen and Faculty of Education Professor, Dr. Dolana Mogadime, visited North-West University to learn more about North-West University, including their faculty, curriculum and their three campuses. In early July 2006, Dr. Kobuz Mentz, the Director at Faculty of Education Sciences at Northwest University visited our campus and met with many faculty members in Brock’s Faculty of Education discussing areas of mutual, complementary and/or comparative research. The most recent visit by Dr. Takalo and Dr. Mokoena included meetings with our President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Jack Lightstone; Vice-President, Academic & Provost Dr. Terry Boak; and Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dr. James Heap, as well as key faculty in the Faculty of Education, furthering the discussions and efforts to ensure the sustainability of the proposed joint project and research work.

This Fall Jennifer Holder, a second-year Master of Education student at Brock, will travel to North-West University to complete a three-month internship and conduct research work related to the joint institutional project. Holder's internship will also contribute toward her research and graduate studies under the supervision of Brock Faculty of Education member, Dr. Dolana Mogadime. Dr. Mokoena will be Ms. Holder’s primary academic contact and supervisor at North-West University, South Africa. Her placement was made possible through the Canada Corps University Partnership Program (CCUPP), funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

For more information on this institutional visit, please contact Sheila Young at 905-688-5550, ext. 4404.

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Presentation by Dr.N. Takalo, Deputy Vice Chancellor of North-West University

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Dr. Jack Lightstone, President & Vice-Chancellor of Brock University, presents gift to Dr. N. Takalo

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Meeting with Faculty of Education members

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Dr. M. Mokoena, Head of the Department of Professional Studies and Internship, North-West University, Dr. D. Mogadime, professor in Brock Faculty of Education, and Jennifer Holder, CCUPP Intern Fall 2006

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Brock Master of Education student, Mr. Bryce Honsigner, gives presentation during the North-West delegations' visit

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Dr. Takalo and Dr. Mokoena meet Dr. James Heap, Dean of Brock Faculty of Education (right) and other members of Faculty of Education

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Ms. Cassidy Gong, Brock International, Dr. D. Mogadime, Faculty of Education, Dr. Sharon Abbey, Department of Women Studies, and Ms. Larissa Strong, Niagara College attend the President and Vice-Chancellor's luncheon

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Jennifer Holder, CCUPP Intern Fall 2006 (right) with Dr. Mokoena, academic supervisor for the upcoming placement