Tang Weibing, Secretary of the CPC Committee of Hunan University of Technology, led a delegation to Africa for a visit from April 11th to 18th at the invitation of the Nelsen Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology(NM-AIST) in Tanzania and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology(CPUT) in South Africa.
In Tanzania, Tang Weibing and his delegation were warmly welcomed by Professor Karol Nicholas Njau(President of Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology), Dr. Musa Chacha(Vice President), Hulda Shaidi Swai(Director of the Centre for Research, Agricultural advancement, Teaching Excellence and Sustainability in Food and Nutritional Security (CREATES)), and all the teachers and students. The host and guests conducted comprehensive and in-depth exchanges and deliberations on issues such as joint programs of master's degree education, exchange of teachers' visits, and promotion of the construction of a scientific and technological research base for international cooperation, and reached many consensuses. The two sides signed an Agreement on Joint Programs of Master's degree Education Project between Hunan University of Technology and the Nelsen Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, which aims to jointly train the senior expertise in various fields of science and technology that is urgently needed in Africa.
Tang Weibing and his collegues also visited the laboratories, libraries, student dormitories, staff canteens, experimental fields and other facilities of NM-AIST. Tang Weibing said, “the prospect for cooperation between the two universities is broad, and I hope that we’ll further strengthen communication, exchange each other's needs, and cooperate more comprehensively with each other in the future”, and he invited President Karol Nicholas Njau to attend the 60th anniversary celebration of Hunan University of Technology. President Karol Nicholas Njau accepted the invitation with pleasure.
After the visit to Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tang and his delegation went to Cape Town, South Africa. There they not only visited the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, but also visited some other universities such as the University of the Western Cape, which has the major of traditional Chinese medicine, and the University of Stellenbosch with a famous Confucius Institute in South Africa, which enabled them to understand the basic situation of higher education in South Africa, exchange cooperation intentions, and share ideas for future cooperation. All these African universities also expressed their willingness to establish substantial cooperation with Hunan University of Technology. Professor Trevor van Louw, director of the Education and Training Center at University of Stellenbosch, which ranked second in the overall strength of South African universities, said that he would like to pay a return visit to HUT in September this year to discuss matters of cooperation in depth.
The delegation successfully completed the visit and signed the first agreement on the first master's degree Joint program in HUT, which will strengthen the relations and exchanges between HUT and African colleges and universities, provide a broader platform for the internationalization of HUT and help a lot to increase the international influence of HUT.
The leaders of the Graduate School, College of Life Sciences and Chemistry, and Office of International Cooperation and Exchange escorted the whole visit.
Tang Weibing and Karol Nicholas Njau signedand Exchanged Agreement for Joint Master Programmes
Tang Weibing and his delegation visited University of Western Cape