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University Forges Connections in South Africa

UNC Charlotte has a robust global network of alliances that enhance diversity and increase study and research opportunities for students and faculty members. One currently in the spotlight is South Africa, where "sawubona" means "hello" in Zulu. UNC Charlotte has received more than a warm hello from South Africa.

This summer, two faculty-led programs involving 11 students will return to the country’s Stellenbosch University to build upon pioneering work started in summer 2015, when 23 students participated in three programs — the largest contingent of UNC Charlotte scholars who have visited that country at the same time. And new this summer, 20 South African students led by Jako Volschenk, a faculty member in the Stellenbosch University Business School, will participate in a weeklong program coordinated by the UNC Charlotte Office of International Programs and Belk College of Business.

Stellenbosch University is a leading higher education institution in South Africa, noted UNC Charlotte Assistant Provost for International Programs Joël Gallegos. "These summer programs are excellent opportunities for students to be immersed in the rich cultural environment of the Western Cape," he said, referring to a province of South Africa. "They also can serve as gateways for future engagement, including faculty exchanges and collaborative research partnerships."

W+GRA Featured as Case Study

UNC Charlotte’s Women + Girls Research Alliance is featured as a case study in a new work on the practice of community-based research.

"Community-based Qualitative Research: Approaches for Education and the Social Sciences" was published by SAGE Publications; it was authored by Laura Ruth Johnson, associate professor, Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment, College of Education, Northern Illinois University.

"Women + Girls Research Alliance (W+GRA) is honored to be featured as one of three case studies in Dr. Johnson’s text," said Heather Brown, W+GRA executive director. "Community-based research is meant to be collaborative, critical and transformative. Our case study features the unique ways in which our work promotes collaboration between researchers and community, provides methods and opportunities for new voices to be heard in the research process and shares research results so that communities can use those results to shape practices and policies that are important to them and to their vision for their communities."