The Vaal University of Technology was visited by the representatives of the Somalia National University led by their Chancellor and Rector.
Rector of Somalia National University visits VUT
The Vaal University of Technology was visited by the representatives of the Somalia National University led by their Chancellor and Rector. The visit took place on Thursday, 13 November 2014.
The visit aimed at exploring partnerships and collaborative opportunities between the two universities. The Vice Chancellor and Principal of VUT, Professor Irene Moutlana gave a full historical account of VUT from its original status as a technical college to the Vaal Technikon and then the University of Technology. In elaborating further she explained how that at its inception it was meant for 6000 students but now boasts 21 000 students.
She also gave a full exposition of what programmes the University offers and in which faculties.
In reciprocating, the Rector of Somalia National University, Professor Mohamed Ahmed Jimale also gave a comprehensive history of the Somalia National University and the number of faculties and programmes they offer. After the presentation, he made an appeal to VUT to partner with his university and concluded by saying: “We want VUT to teach us how to catch a fish and not to give us fish”.
At this august occasion, Prof Moutlana was accompanied by Deputy Vice-Chancellors and members of Senior Management.
The DVC: Academic and Research, Professor Kuzvinetsa Peter Dzvimbo gave a presentation and advised that VUT is ready to assist. He went on to request that the Executive Deans present what their faculties could offer in facilitating the envisaged partnership. At an appropriate time, Prof Moutlana will sign the necessary Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
“VUT is looking forward to assisting a sister African university. The envisaged partnership will contribute towards profiling VUT as a leading University in Southern Gauteng and live up to its Vision and Mission as a leading institution in the advancement of Technology Education. This is a dawn for VUT,” said DVC: Operations and Resources, Professor Gordon Zide.
VUT Management with Professor Mohamed Ahmed Jimale, Rector of Somalia National University