South Africa / Mauritania Educational Co-operation

November 2017

College Gives Effect to High-level International Co-operation Agreement

In November 2017, Ekurhuleni West TVET College hosted the South African Minister of Higher Education and Training, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, and Dr Sidi Ould Salem, her counterpart from the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.  

The Mauritanian ministry is known as the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, in that country. The visit comes as a result of an agreement signed between the two countries in 2015. The agreement centred on the establishment of a South Africa / Mauritania Joint Commission of Co-operation, with a view to strengthening relations. The meeting focused on exploring opportunities for co-operation between the two countries in the areas of technical and vocational training. EWC's Principal, Hellen Ntlatleng, elaborated on the College's operations. In doing so, she touched on aspects such as lecturing, student liaison, partnerships, workshops, and the overall impact the College has upon the communities it serves. Professor Mkhize described the relationship as an opportunity not only for government, but also for students, to relate to and interact with their counterparts across the continent. "These international relationships are part of what we facilitate as government. They give effect to co-operation between countries. They are effective in promoting social cohesion. They also serve the purpose of breaking stereotypes caused by cultural distinctions. We hope to further broaden the relationship to demonstrate the value of the output produced by TVET Colleges," said the Minister.

The visiting Minister, through his French-to-English interpreter, spoke in praise of the progress achieved by the College. This was particularly exemplified in terms of the advanced training and learning displayed in the workshops. Dr Salem vowed to take the experiences gained from his visit back to his country, especially in terms of embracing the use of technology and advanced machinery in technical and vocational training. "In our country, we experience the problem of fitting our education into the society. We want to ensure that our graduates are able to cope with the demands of international markets. We experience a challenge in terms of technology. This, as the world migrates in that direction," he concluded.  

In the campus walk-about, at the Trades workshops, the delegates were inducted by National Certificate (Vocational) students under the tutelage of their lecturers. At the entrance to the Fitting and Turning workshop, there was an energy solutions stall which had been set up by one of the students.  The student is also an emerging entrepreneur.  

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