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Cementing links with South Africa.

A DELEGATION from South Africa visited Coventry University as part of a unique pounds 6 million partnership.

The institution has linked up with four technical universities in the African country, known as technikons.

It is part of the Technical and Business Education in South Africa (Tabeisa) scheme, which was awarded a pounds 6 million grant by the European Union.

The Anglo-African alliance was set up in 1995 to tackle high unemployment among disadvantaged groups and speed up job and enterprise creation.

It also aims to reduce gaps in business skills among disadvantaged students by tailoring their studies and improving teaching materials.

Tabeisa has so far helped to create more than 60 small businesses in South Africa, create jobs and encourage entrepreneurs in the country's poorest regions.

As part of the initiative, vice-chancellors from the four technikons have been visiting Coventry University to further strengthen links and plan the next stage of the project.

Professor Brian Figaji, vice-chancellor of Peninsula Technikon, near Cape Town, said: "This innovative project is changing the lives of many South Africans for the better by creating economic growth and jobs in our local communities."


INNOVATIVE PROJECT: (front row, from left) Professor Richard Trainor, vice-chancellor of Greenwich University, Jane Conlon, Tabeisa director, Professor Dan Ncayiyana, vice-chancellor of Durban Institute of Technology, Dr Mike Goldstein, vice-chancellor of Coventry University, Professor Quadra Mjoli, vice-chancellor of Eastern Cape Technikon; (back row) Professor Brian Figaji, of Peninsula Technikon, Professor George Lenyai, of Northern Gauteng Technikon, and John Humphreys, pro vice-chancellor of Greenwich University
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Jul 13, 2002
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