Fulbright Commission Visits UNIVEN
The Fulbright Specialists at the US Embassy, Mr Mareka Chabedi
and Mrs Mamosa Makaya visited the University of Venda on Tuesday,
18 September 2012.
They were on campus to conduct information sessions. In the
morning, they briefed Deans, HODs and other senior academic
staff members at Council Chambers on the Fulbright Specialist
programme, which facilitates 2 – 6 month scientific
visits by US senior academics to universities worldwide, including
South Africa. They introduced the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship
program, which is a one-year professional development programme,
and other Fulbright programmes offering funding opportunities
international mobility of senior academics were introduced.
Mrs Makaya explained that those programmes promote educational
and professional linkages between the U.S. and South Africa.
Questions and answers were entertained. The programme was
facilitated by the Director of Community Engagement, Prof.
Vhonani Netshandama who expressed appreciation for the great
honour bestowed on Univen by virtue of the visit by the delegation
from the Fulbright Commission. The Coordinator of the Univen
Centre for Continuing Education, Dr Phillip Kutame promised
in his vote of thanks on behalf of the senior academics that
the Commission will receive more applications from the University
in the future. The morning programme was concluded with individual
consultations for senior academics.
In the afternoon, the delegation conducted a session for
all members of the Univen community on Fulbright programmes.
The Fulbright student programmes provide students the opportunity
to pursue a graduate degree or undertake one academic year
of research or non-degree study at a US academic institution.
The flagship international educational exchange programme
sponsored by the United States of America government, is designed
to increase mutual understanding between the people of the
United States and those of other countries. It offers opportunities
for postgraduate’ studies including PhD degree programmes
suitable for staff and students. Mr Chabedi explained that
the Fulbright programme participants also serve as cultural
ambassadors and should be prepared to speak about their countries,
cultures, and research to academic and community groups. The
Fulbright programme provides funding for up to two years of
study. The grants include limited accident and sickness benefits;
provide the international travel for the grantee to go to
and from a host institution in the United States awarded for
a period of three to ten months. There was an exciting questions
and answers time and questions were well responded to by the
delegation. The final date for the submission of the 2013-2014
student programmes is April 2013. The facilitator of the afternoon
session was the Chief Administrative Office in the Directorate
of International Relations, Mr Segun Obadire. He emphasised
that prospective applicants can go to the Directorate for
any assistance concerning completing their applications.
In attendance was Ms Rachel Schmidt, who is a Fulbright Scholar
from the University of Virginia, US and who is hosted by Univen
for a period of 9 months to conduct research. She offered
to assist students with the completion of their application
forms. While proposing a vote of thanks, Dr Tshilidzi Mashamba,
Deputy Dean of the School of Health Sciences, encouraged students
to apply. The renditions by the Poetry Club provided the right
cultural atmosphere for the session.
Amongst those present at the information session were the
Dean of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Prof. Jan Crafford;
the Dean of Education Dr Peter Mulaudzi; Dean of Law Annette
Lansink; Ms. Puleng Letuka from School of Law; Prof Agnes
Musyoki and Dr Nethengwe from the School of Environmental
Sciences; Prof Abiodun Olukoga from the School of Health Sciences;
Dr Lindiwe Mulaudzi from Human and Social Sciences and many
other senior academics. Individual sessions were also attended
by Prof Gyekye Dean of Management Sciences and Prof Pascal
Bessong from School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences.
Application forms are available on the US embassy website
Directorate of International Relations is available to advise
on the scholarships and assist with the application process.