For the past 26 years, The University of Missouri/South Africa Education Program (UMSAEP) has made possible a remarkable array of academic relationships between the four UM campuses and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in South Africa. One such partnership is the Western Cape Linkage Program, which provides UM faculty members with an opportunity for researching, teaching, or service at UWC.
The linkage program will support (in order of priority): collaborative projects involving partners from both UM and UWC – especially those focusing on joint research and publication, curriculum development or distance learning; long-term (1-6 months) visits, including research or teaching all or part of regular courses at UWC; and short-term (2 weeks-1 month) visits expected to lead to collaborative projects.
Another opportunity open to UM faculty members is the South African Partnerships Program, which seeks proposals focused on collaborative projects with appropriate organizations and institutions in South Africa. Priority will be given to projects initiated in collaboration with historically disadvantaged tertiary education institutions (including UWC), South African government agencies, nongovernmental organizations in South Africa, or other appropriate South African partners.
The UM UMSAEP website contains applications forms for both programs. The site also contains information on the history of the program, eligibility requirements, and sample proposals. Please visit http://www.umsystem.edu/ums/aa/southafrica/request.
UMSAEP is now accepting proposals for joint projects for 2012-13. Each proposal must specify the faculty or staff member at UWC with whom the applicant would be collaborating, and ideally should build upon some previous contact with that colleague. Proposals from UMKC faculty members should be submitted to Dr. Linna Place (email@example.com) on or before the July 15 deadline.
We strongly urge you to consider applying for these outstanding opportunities.
-Provided by Claire McMurray, Ph.D., Executive Staff Assistant, International Academic Programs