RAC Strengthens South Africa Links


RAC Strengthens South Africa LinksStaff of the Royal Agricultural College recently attended a highly successful conference in Kruger Park with representatives of the major African Universities.  The Principal and Professor Ros Gaskell, Professor Paul Davies, Dr Richard Baines, Sally Story, Dr Nicola Cannon and Nephas Munyeche, all spoke at the concluding DELPHE programme conference, which was supported by DFID and the British Council.  The conference addressed the theme of ‘Developing Academic Co-Operation and Progression Opportunities in Tertiary Education in South Africa’.

The College Vice-Principal, Professor Paul Davies, has said, "We were very pleased to have this excellent opportunity to share frank views, experiences and ideas with our partner institutions in this DELPHE project, which included key staff from the universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch, as well as our guest speakers from the neighbouring universities of Zambia and Zimbabwe."

RAC Strengthens South Africa LinksThe RAC has progressed links with many international partner institutions in Africa, particularly in the last four years with several Agricultural Colleges in South Africa.  Work with these partner institutions has mainly focused upon modernising the curriculum and student progression. 

Paul Davies further comments, "The visit has been very worthwhile and we look forward to our continuing engagements, particularly with the University of Pretoria, who are also keen to further consider a joint postgraduate development programme.  It was also a magnificent venue in Kruger Park, giving us plenty of time to enjoy our mutual academic interests, as well as enjoying the wildlife."

During the visit to Africa, colleagues from the RAC were very kindly hosted by Alumni James Chance and his wife, Tessa, who organised a first class Alumni dinner occasion in a local restaurant.  In addition to James and Tessa and their son, David (also a former RAC student), the College staff were also joined by Grant Taylor, Rob Spier and Revival Mnguni at dinner.  Many entertaining stories were exchanged about their 'student days at the College in Cirencester', which were still regarded very fondly.