The VIVES University College, Belgium exchange students and faculty were welcomed to the University on 1 October 2018 at the programme coordinated by the Directorate of International Relations at the Art Gallery. The students and staff who arrived from 26 September 2018 were working on Global Minds South Intensive Programme (SIP) funded by the Vilriuos government. It aims to do so through establishing a physical interaction network and intercultural engagement between selected communities to facilitate social learning and the exchange of knowledge and ‘best practices’ around lifestyle habits. This project is an interdisciplinary in nature and it involves faculty from different departments at the Universities.

Prof Jan Crafford, Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Mrs Nontlanhla Ntakana, Elke Denys, Project Manager, Ms Ellen Vandenbogaerde, Lecturer and Mr Joost Vanhaecke, Director Centre for Mental Health, VIVES, Belgium

The visitors comprising 12 students and 7 faculty were welcomed to the University by the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Jan Crafford. He showed appreciations to them for taking the time to visit our University at this period. He mentioned that he is very delighted for the trust and the mutuality of our partnership. During the SIP students will learn in the mixed interdisciplinary groups to find and answer on questions around health prevention in mental health and the good practices about health promotion and mental health.

There were a number of programmes slated to take place during the visit. The SIP group work is an interspersed with plenary sessions and interdisciplinary work which is always the key element of the programme. The VIVES students are working in partnership with UNIVEN students in the collection of data and analysis during the programme under the supervision of the faculty in the School of Health Sciences. The programme will be rounded off on 12 October 2018 with presentation on preliminary findings at the Art Gallery from 9h00. Certificate of participation signed by the Acting Dean of Health Science, Prof Tshilidzi Mashamba will be distributed to participants during the programme.