ties to African continent
Meadors (center) meets South African representatives from PE TECHNIKON
Professor Nicholas Allen (left) and Henry Wissink, Dean of the
Faculty for Commerce and Government Studies.
Talks are underway
with a South African university that may make UNC Pembroke a leading
provider of graduate education for public administrators on the African
from PE TECHNIKON, a leading South African university in Port Elizabeth,
were on campus recently to meet with UNCP officials. Also on their itinerary
was negotiating student and faculty exchange agreements.
Henry Wissink, a
Public Management Professor and Dean of the Faculty for Commerce and
Governmental Studies at PE TECHNIKON, and Professor Nicholas Allen are
part of an international consortium putting together an online program
to offer graduate degrees in Public Administration. UNCP may be the
degree granting or home university for the consortium. The consortium
may also include leading instructors from around the globe.
The South African
professors lectured to several classes, delivered two workshops for
faculty and administrators and met with Dr. Roger Brown, Provost and
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Nicholas Giannatasio, Director
of UNCP's Master's of Public Administration program; Dr. Alex Chen,
Associate Vice Chancellor for International programs; and Chancellor
Allen C. Meadors.
Brown (right), Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
at UNCP, meets with Dean Wissink from PE TECHNIKON University
of South Africa.
"We were pleased
to have professors Wissink and Allen visiting UNCP," Chancellor
Meadors said. "It is another indicator that we are becoming a recognized
university in our global society. We look forward to engaging in follow-up
discussions with this and other universities in South Africa."
talked about PE TECHNIKON and explained his mission at UNC Pembroke.
students, we are the leading technology university in South Africa with
a career focus in science, engineering and technology," Prof. Wissink
said. "We are about to merge with two nearby universities to become
a comprehensive university with an enrollment of 25,000."
would have a strong presence in Africa, if the consortium works,"
he said. "It's not too far-fetched an idea that your university
will be the leading university for training public administrators in
The consortium will
rely on Internet-delivered courses that would use another product imported
from the South African University.
project we are working on is an (Internet) learning management program
called CyberCampus," Dean Wissink said. "It is similar to
Blackboard software, except it uses the open source concept that points
to content rather than captures it."
benefits for small universities with limited resources because it charges
user fees instead of license fees, Dean Wissink explained.
"We hope to
roll out some Public Administration courses with the software,"
Dr. Chen said.
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