Georgia State And University Of Pretoria Sign Agreement, Strengthen Partnership

Georgia State University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Pretoria in South Africa to further the long-standing collaboration between the universities.

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The signing was held during Georgia State’s week-long visit with South African partner universities to strengthen institutional collaborations, an initiative set forth in Georgia State’s strategic plan by President Mark Becker.

Since 2002, Georgia State’s Department of Psychology and the University of Pretoria’s Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology have been partners in a research study on speech and language delays in South African children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. MaryAnn Romski, associate dean of research and graduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, said the MOU will benefit the research study by demonstrating collaboration in its grant initiatives, as well as instituting a pilot project of graduate student exchange. Romski said the College of Arts and Sciences hopes the MOU will also reinvigorate collaborations in history and English.

The signing also sealed collaboration between the Department of Economics in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (AYSPS) and the University of Pretoria.

AYSPS has aided instruction on a graduate degree program in taxation within Pretoria’s African Tax Institute in their Department of Economics. Dr. Sally Wallace, chair of the Department of Economics in the AYSPS, said the MOU provides the needed platform for furthering these relationships.

“AYSPS has also begun discussions with the university’s African Tax Institute to develop online master’s level courses in tax policy that could potentially be accessed throughout sub-Saharan Africa,” said Wallace, chair of Georgia State’s South Africa task force.

During the visit, delegates also discussed establishing initiatives in language, economics, social work, geology and policy issues related to megacities.

“All of us benefitted from the discussions of the work that the top South African universities are doing around the city issues,” said Mary Beth Walker, dean of the AYSPS. “We will realize significant gains in expanding our research collaborations with South African universities.”

The delegation was led by Dr. Risa Palm, provost of Georgia State, and Dr. Jun Liu, Georgia State’s associate provost for international initiatives.