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UFS strengthens ties with university in the Netherlands
2010-04-20

 
From the left are: Prof. Neil Heideman, Acting Dean: Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences; Mr Johan van Niekerk, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development; and Mr Herman van de Wal, Dronten University.
Photo: Stephen Collett
 
 The Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (CENSARD) at the University of the Free State hosted a visiting academic and livestock specialist from Dronten University in the Netherlands, Mr Herman van der Wal.

Mr Van der Wal paid visits to Mr Arthur Johnson from the International Office; Proff. Frans Swanepoel, Director of Research Development; Neil Heideman, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences; and Izak Groenewald, Director of CENSARD.

Collaboration is currently taking place between the centre and Dronten University. Future exchange of students, lecturers and academic and administrative knowledge was discussed. From next year, Dronten University will be offering a distance-learning M.Sc. in Agriculture and for this reason Mr Van der Wal looked into the model that is currently used by the centre.

The visit was very successful and doors were opened for future exchanges, including a planned visit by delegates from the centre to Dronten University later this year.

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