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Thursday, 08 June 2017

Norwegian Partnership programme boosts training and research

OPPORTUNITY: Prof Tandi Matsha, Head of Biomedical Sciences Department and Yvonne Prince, Microbiology lecturer and third-year co-ordinator recently returned from Norway OPPORTUNITY: Prof Tandi Matsha, Head of Biomedical Sciences Department and Yvonne Prince, Microbiology lecturer and third-year co-ordinator recently returned from Norway

CPUT’s objective of providing students with hands-on training and practical skills has been bolstered through a partnership programme with a Norwegian institution.

The project would also seek to establish research collaborations between CPUT’s Biomedical Sciences Department and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, says Prof Tandi Matsha, Head of the Biomedical Sciences Department

She recently visited Norway with Microbiology lecturer and third-year co-ordinator, Yvonne Prince, while a team from Norway are scheduled to visit CPUT later in the year.

The project is aimed at developing best practice for training in biomedical laboratory sciences through educational and research collaboration between the institutions.

Matsha said a two-year grant was received from the UTFORSK partnership programme and this would enable three CPUT students to travel to Norway later this year as part of their Work Integrated Learning experience.

The UTFORSK Partnership Programme supports project cooperation between higher education institutions in Norway and higher education institutions in Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia and South Africa.

The three students are on the BHSc: Medical Laboratory Sciences Programme.

Prince said the students would spent three months in Norway.

A further two students would be given the opportunity to go to Norway next year for Work Integrated Learning.

“An important part of the visit was to discuss areas for research collaboration and looking for funding for this jointly,” says Matsha.

While the students’ accommodation and flights would be covered, funding toward other expenses was still required.

Anyone who would like to assist can send an email to princey@cput.ac.za or to nothnagels@cput.ac.za.

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za