A trailblazer in the fight against apartheid in South Africa will be on campus next Monday to sign a historic agreement with the University of Newcastle.
Dr Theuns Eloff, Vice-Chancellor and chief executive officer of North West University, played a major part in the transformation of modern South Africa and assisted the country’s move to integrated tertiary education.
Dr Eloff will join University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nicholas Saunders, on Monday to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that builds on the strong relationship Newcastle has with North West University.
The two university leaders will discuss ways the institutions can work together to increase research collaborations, introduce teacher and student exchange programs and share academic materials and publications.
About Dr Theuns Eloff:
Dr Theuns Eloff played a significant role in helping to transform South Africa from an apartheid state to a modern democracy.
He was instrumental in facilitating the process that led to the drafting of the agreement for South Africa’s new democratic political system, played a key part in facilitating and planning the peace process and (as Chief Executive of the National Business Initiative) assisted with South Africa’s economic recovery.
Following the South African Government’s decision in 2003 to integrate higher education institutes, Potchefstroom University and Mafikeng University merged to become North West University and Dr Eloff was appointed Vice-Chancellor.
PHOTO AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: Dr Theuns Eloff and Professor Nicholas Saunders will be available for interview and photo/filming opportunities at the University of Newcastle on Monday 11 April between 10am and 11am.
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