A new agreement will allow South African chemistry students to study at the University.
The agreement, signed between the University of Edinburgh and the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), will allow chemistry students to complete an initial 2.5 years at UKZN, before transferring to Edinburgh to complete their BSc Chemistry degree.
After 2 years in Edinburgh, the students will then return to UKZN to study for a Masters degree, helping South Africa to retain trained students who can contribute to the country’s economy.
South African companies are also expected to support the project through scholarships and assisting with research projects.
The structure of this programme - which will return students to South Africa following their period in Edinburgh – ensures that it will become embedded in the South African economy.
Dr Philip Bailey
Director of Internationalisation, School of Chemistry
This new agreement builds on the strong ties between Edinburgh and UKZN.
In May 2011, the two universities committed to carry out joint research into HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other health problems, as well as work on the environment, bio-diversity, agriculture, energy and technology to promote sustainable development.
The universities’ collaboration will include Edinburgh researchers working at UKZN, as well as the joint-supervision of doctoral candidates.
Non-academic staff from UKZN will also visit Edinburgh to learn about student support services.
UKZN is consistently ranked among the top five South African institutions.
UKZN, formed in 2004 when the Universities of Durban-Westville and Natal merged, has been heralded as one of the most forward-thinking universities in South Africa. It has 40,000 students studying at five campuses in two cities.
This article was published on Nov 28, 2011