University of Oldenburg Visit

The Office for International Education welcomed the University of Oldenburg, Germany, to Nelson Mandela University on 8 July 2019. The two institutions have a long-standing partnership dated back to 2006. The delegation included Prof. Dr Ester Ruigendijk - VP for Early Career Researchers and Internationalisation, Dr Michaela Muylkens - Head of Research and Transfer, Prof. Dr. Stephanie Birkner - Female Entrepreneurship, Prof. Dr. Jorge Marx Gomez - Business Information Systems, Ms Miriam Wiediger - Founding and Innovation Centre, and Ms Lisa Heinrichs - PhD student.

The purpose of the visit to Nelson Mandela University was for the Oldenburg delegates to foster and promote collaboration with a focus on start-ups and entrepreneurship, which would encourage internationalisation at both institutions. To facilitate this, the Office for International Education coordinated a number of meetings with the appropriate staff members internally and within the broader institution, to exchange ideas with the German delegates. During these engagements, the guests were able to tour a few of the campuses, including South, Ocean Sciences and Bird Street Campuses.

The guests also enjoyed a visit to Masifunde Learner Development where they were taken on a tour of the facility, exchanged some ideas on entrepreneurship and even enjoyed a warm cup of coffee from their coffee shop, My Mito. The group was also able to wind down, after an educational four day stay in Port Elizabeth, with a whale watching island cruise before leaving back to Germany.

The Office for International Education thoroughly enjoyed hosting and learning from the University of Oldenburg, in their process of development in the field of Internationalisation.

Posted on 25 July 2019 10:34:59

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