Education explores new partnerships, possibilities with UPretoria

This week, the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education will welcome colleagues from South Africa’s University of Pretoria to Edmonton as part of a partnership formalized last fall.

Pretoria’s Dean of Education Irma Eloff and four distinguished scholars from the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Education will visit UAlberta from April 21-23. Over the course of their stay, Pretoria’s scholars will be matched with their counterparts in the faculty to forge relationships and explore partnership opportunities.

The visiting academics will conclude their time in Alberta with two days in Jasper to participate in programming at the Palisades Stewardship Education Centre and experience the Canadian Rockies. In September 2014, the two universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding to lay the foundations for future research and collaboration. The partnership had been several years in the making. In 2013, UAlberta’s Dean of Education Fern Snart and Pretoria’s Dean Eloff began discussions and noted parallels between the two faculties, including work in the areas of indigenous knowledge and social justice education.

The faculties are natural partners for collaboration. “Plans are already in place for a graduate student exchange agreement, joint research initiatives, and joint international conference presentations. This partnership is a gift to our faculty and students and allows us to participate in a deeply meaningful set of collaborations,” says Dean Snart.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to the “Fostering Collaboration” panel presentation and dialogue on Tuesday, April 21, at 2 p.m. in the Education South building, room 129. Presenters from University of Pretoria will include Dean Irma Eloff, as well as experts in the areas of science, mathematics and technology education, early childhood education, and education management and policy studies.

Feature image: UAlberta Dean of Education Fern Snart meets with UPretoria's Dean of Education Irma Eloff in Pretoria, September 2014.