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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Academic strengthens international partnerships

ABROAD: Dr Michael Twum-Darko from the Graduate School of Business Management (in spectacles) attends the 4th International Week of Erasmus+ Teaching Staff Mobility at the University of Economics in Bratislava ABROAD: Dr Michael Twum-Darko from the Graduate School of Business Management (in spectacles) attends the 4th International Week of Erasmus+ Teaching Staff Mobility at the University of Economics in Bratislava

An academic in the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences will be teaming up with European universities in research collaboration projects for which funding will be solicited from the European Union (EU).

Dr Michael Twum-Darko has recently returned from Slovakia where he formed the partnerships during the 4th International Week of Erasmus+ Teaching Staff Mobility at the University of Economics in Bratislava (UEB).

Twum-Darko says the event saw him building rapport with teaching staff from UEB and other European universities in order to strengthen international networks and exchange ideas.

“The participation is also for CPUT to meet the objective of supporting the staff mobility as part of its modernisation and internationalisation strategy, and to recognise it as a component in any evaluation or assessment of the teaching staff member.”

He will embark on collaborative research projects with the UEB and Niccolò Cusano University, Rome.

The projects include research on e-Leadership and e-Readiness in the public sectors of South Africa and Slovakia.

“A conceptual paper will soon be published as well as data collection in Bratislava City for comparative research.”

Sustainable Energy and Women Empowerment are some of the issues that will be explored. Twum-Darko adds that these issues require a substantial consortium to deliver outcomes aligned to the EU’s Sustainable Development Goals.

He says that at the event he shared his experience with his European counterparts and received knowledge that is likely to impact the research and collaboration agenda of his faculty and CPUT.

“I hope this will be a source of inspiration to other staff members.”

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za