The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of South Africa (UNISA) have signed a memorandum of understanding that will establish a framework for future research, faculty, and student exchanges between the two universities.
The partnership between the two institutions was started by David Reckhow, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Massachusetts, who spent a 2011 sabbatical in South Africa with Bhekie Mamba, the executive dean of the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology at UNISA. Professor Reckhow has traveled to South African on multiple occasions to research water-related issues.
“Africa is an area where there is a lot of focus on not only resource-based needs, but social issues as well,” Dr. Reckhow said. “It is exciting to have this new agreement to provide multi-disciplinary opportunities for our faculty and students to work in partnership with a leading African university on global issues.”