McDonald, Professor Busi Ncama, Professor
Richard Hift and Professor Evan Duggan met at the
Discussions about possible collaborative research and teaching emanated from recent discussions by UKZN and the University of the West Indies’ Mona Campus in Jamaica.
Leadership from both institutions met when the Jamaican visitors who spent two days at UKZN engaging various disciplines on areas of interest.
Professor Archibald McDonald, Former Dean of Medicine and Deputy Principal of the University of the West Indies’ Mona Campus, said the institution intended to build capacity for PhD supervision in its medical programmes in addition to forming partnerships that will be of mutual benefit in Nursing and other health sciences disciplines.
McDonald said the institution struggled to find PhD supervisors and although they already have collaborators with the United States they felt the need to form collaborations with universities in sub-Saharan Africa, and UKZN was their institution of choice.
Professors Richard Hift and William Daniels, Dean and Heads of the Schools Clinical Medicine and Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, said UKZN was ready for such collaboration. They echoed sentiments in line with the internationalisation and strategic goals of UKZN and said that the College of Heath Sciences continues to forge partnerships that ensure pre-eminence in research and excellence in teaching and learning.
Hift said some of the College’s strategic research areas included trauma and emergency, infectious diseases, neurosurgery, communicable diseases, medical education, and he mentioned that there were plans to launch a new Discipline of Clinical Cognition at UKZN.
Professor Busi Ncama, Dean and Head of the School of Nursing and Public Health, highlighted the Nursing Discipline’s ‘large’ postgraduate component. She concurred with McDonald in saying there was a need for each institution to build capacity for the PhD credentialing of staff. They agreed to explore the best models for supervision and co-supervision of students progressively.
The visiting delegation met with leadership from the UKZN’s Centre for Entrepreneurship as well as Professor Cristina Trois, Dean and Head of the School of Engineering, and her team who delivered a presentation on energy.
Professor Evan Duggan, Dean of Social Sciences at the University of the West Indies’ Mona Campus, also engaged with leadership from the College of Humanities where possible collaboration in psychology, sociology, social work and criminology were deliberated.