Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between University of Fort Hare and Minnesota University
In an event that preceded the University of Fort Hare Centenary Conference activities, the Vice Chancellor Dr Mvuyo Tom, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with delegates from the University of Minnesota, on the 3rd of July 2016 at Fort Hare University. The MOU was a reaffirmation of the relationship between the two institutions which was initiated in 2003 and is renewed every five years.
As an upshot of this relationship, there has been an exchange of students and lecturers between Fort Hare and Minnesota, particularly in the social work department in a bid to increase their exposure and widen their global perspectives and experiences. Students would then share their global knowledge with the rest of their colleagues and thus benefiting the whole institution. These relations also ensure that the two parties learn from each other and thus improve how they relate to the global community and in the tackling of common social challenges that include poverty and domestic violence.
Commenting on the importance of relations of this nature, Christine Black-Hughes, a Professor of the Minnesota University who has worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of Fort Hare, said that social work speaks the same concept across the globe although applications will differ depending on the different cultures. It therefore necessitates connections of this nature for better solutions that are mutually beneficial.