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May 28, 1998

Three-way link with Africa established

Concordia's South African connection was given splendid publicity on May 16 by The Gazette.

As part of a recent series of feature articles on Montrealers who are doing good in less fortunate parts of the world, the newspaper ran an article of more than two pages, replete with photographs, of a project to improve the standard of education in a former homeland of South Africa.

The project, started and maintained by former Vice-Dean of Arts and Science Florence Stevens, is with the University of the North, QwaQwa Branch (UNIQWA). With funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), 19 experienced educators are enrolled in Concordia's special individualized program, though their studies take place at UNIQWA.

Now, with support from CIDA and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Concordia has signed a three-way agreement for academic cooperation that links UNIQWA with the University of Zimbabwe.

Both universities are partners in a human resources development project directed by Concordia, which is aimed at selected faculty members from the two African universities. Education Professor Ailie Cleghorn recently finished a CIDA-funded teacher training project at the University of Zimbabwe.

The agreement was signed during a visit in April to South Africa and Zimbabwe by Director of the Centre for International Academic Cooperation, Balbir Sahni, and Professor Stevens. - BB

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