Ald. Joe Davis, Sr. and Alderman Nik Kovac attended a special signing ceremony on July 6, 2010 for an agreement for educational and scientific cooperation between the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and the University of Zululand (located north of Durban , South Africa on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast).
UWM Provost Johannes Britz and a representative of the South African Consul General’s Office in Chicago signed the agreement in the Regents Room (room 211) in Chapman Hall, 2310 E. Hartford Ave.
The agreement was spawned during a Milwaukee delegation’s visit to South Africa in December 2009. Alderman Davis, who helped lead that delegation, said the agreement is “an historic milestone” in the linkages connecting Milwaukee and South Africa .
“The agreement will allow students and faculty members from UWM to visit, study, and teach at the University of Zululand , and vice versa,” he said. “The academic sharing of our ideas and the resources of the two institutions will no doubt enrich both Milwaukee and South Africa .”
Accompanying Provost Britz at the ceremony were: Jacques du Plessis, associate professor in UWM’s School of Information Studies; Patrice Petro, academic program director in UWM’s Center for International Education; Peter Lor, visiting professor in the School of Information Studies; and Shana Ponelis, visiting assistant professor in the School of Information Studies.