African schools here to plan consortium
officials from four universities in southern Africa will visit
U.Va. May 27-29
to talk about forming a consortium with far-reaching implications
in education, research, health care and public policy.
consortium would expand relationships with U.Va. built over the
past 25 years and would encourage collaborative work in environmental
sciences, long-distance learning, international studies and HIV
Mazula, vice chancellor of the University of Eduardo Mondlane
in Mozambique; G.M. Nkondo, vice chancellor of the University
of Venda in South Africa; Sharon Siverts, vice chancellor of the
University of Botswana; and Luis G. Nongxa, deputy vice chancellor
of the University of the Witswatersrand, also in South Africa,
will meet with U.Va. President John T. Casteen III during their
started developing partnerships with individual African universities
beginning in 1974, when its scientists collaborated with researchers
at the University of the Witswatersrand to conduct tropical meteorology
experiments. This led to student and faculty exchanges, expanded
research and a seminar series last fall that used state-of-the-art
technology to link students and scientists on both continents
in real time.
first two days of the conference will be devoted to informal discussions
and workshops. On Wednesday, representatives from all the universities
will discuss building a regional approach to environmental research,
education and sustainable development in southern Africa.
session, which begins at 9:45 a.m. at Pavilion VII, is open to
interested faculty and staff. Seating is limited; call 924-7642
to reserve a space.