UFH Welcomes Fellows from USA's Kent State University
Submitted by Aretha Linden on Thu, 25/05/2023 - 14:30
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Earlier this week, the University of Fort Hare (UFH) Centre for Transdisciplinary welcomed students from Kent State University’s Centre for African Studies who are on the Heritage Ubuntu Fellowship.
The Research Programme between South Africa and the United States intends to provide a transatlantic platform for conversations on the problematic histories and contemporary issues that connect South Africa and the United States.
Further, it promotes democratic discourse and ‘understanding of US values, perspectives, policies, and relationship building between Americans and South Africans. The programme includes advocating for cross-pollination of ideas, experiences, values, academic and personal exchange between UFH and KSU for better global citizenry, inclusivity and social cohesion.
During their stay, the fellows accompanied by Dr. Felix Kumah-Abiwu, the Founding Director of the Center for African Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at Kent State, will be exposed to formal and informal learning and teaching in an African university setting.
Under informal learning, they will visit a range of cultural heritage sites within the Eastern Cape Province and observe cultural and social activities, and also participate in some local social and historical activities.
The group also participated in the University's Africa Day celebrations held today, 25 May.
In terms of formal learning and teaching, they will attend some classes and participate in small group discussions with students from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. These activities will allow them to learn more about South Africa while also sharing their experiences, cultures and values with their counterparts and facilitators.
The US fellows were welcomed by Dr Nomzamo Dube from the UFH Centre of Transdisciplinary Studies and Dr Hulani Mabasa, Director of International Affairs and Partnership.
The UFH fellows will visit Kent State University later this year.