About the VanderbiltCape Town partnership
A primary goal of the Vanderbilt-Cape Town partnership is to recruit
and train more astronomers, physicists, and materials scientists in South
Africa and US, particularly students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Like African Americans and other underrepresented groups in the United
States, black Africans are underrepresented in the physical sciences.
Under the agreement between recently signed by Vanderbilt Chancellor Gordon
Gee and UCT Vice Chancellor Njabulo S. Ndebele, Vanderbilt and UCT are
core partners in research and education initiatives benefiting students,
faculty and staff at both universities. Both universities are making plans
for this new partnership to extend beyond the typical student exchange
programs to include opportunities for collaborative research and study
across several academic disciplines.
Mini-Grants Available from the Vanderbilt International
The Vanderbilt International Office has announced a mini-grants program
to support collaborative research, as well as student and faculty exchanges,
between Vanderbilt and the University of Cape Town. Applications and instructions
can be found here.
Opening Workshop: Agenda, presentations, and initial
Faculty from Vanderbilt University and South Africa's University of Cape
Town (UCT) together with members of the physics department of the University
of the Western Cape (UWC) and the South African Astronomical Observatory
(SAAO) met March 4-7, 2007, in Cape Town to discuss how to work together
and to brainstorm initial possibilities for research and student exchanges.
The meeting agenda and presentations can be found here.