THREE UCT employees are part of a contingent of 16 women, from all five higher education institutions in the Western Cape, who have been chosen to visit Massachusetts in the United States on a month-long training and development course.
Avril Beukes, Colette February and Verity Japhta will spend a week at Wellesley College (the alma mater
of Hillary Clinton), outside Boston, on a professional development course. Based on their proposed research projects, they have been teamed up with institutional colleagues at different colleges in western Massachusetts, where they will spend two weeks on their projects.
Other institutions participating in the exchange programme include Smith College, Mount Holyoke College and the University of Massachusetts (Amherst).
The programme is fully funded by HERS-Mid America who, through funding by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, have extended their work to higher education institutions in the Western Cape. HERS – SA has grown from HERS Mid-America, and has managed the South African part of the programme for the past four yeas.
â€œWe are so excited to send another contingent of 16 women to the United States,â€ said Lesley Shackelton, HERS-SA Director, adding, â€œThe programme provides the opportunity for these women to experience higher education institutions in the States, and affords them the opportunity to meet with and learn from some of their great women educators and administrators.â€
The group will arrive in Boston on March 22 and return to Cape Town April 18.
For more information about other professional development opportunities, go to HERS-SA website