As the old African proverb says, "It takes a village to raise a child". One could imagine then that it would take a city to raise a tertiary institution. The City of Tshwane is thus taking ownership of the issues that our tertiary institutions are faced with. We need to join forces in order to nurture our institutions to meet our residents' needs.
The Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Professor Lourens Van Staden, the City Manager, Dr Moeketsi Mosola, and other Tshwane officials today discussed a number of issues of mutual interest, including disability and vulnerability, culture, tourism and sport, transport, safety and security, and student accommodation.
An overarching Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in order to strengthen collaboration between the City of Tshwane and TUT for a period of five years. TUT has focused its efforts on the development of research and innovation and this collaboration thus presents opportunities of mutual benefit for both institutions.
Addressing the delegates taking part in the discussion, Dr Mosola said: "Universities play an important role in driving economic growth in their local areas, which is the reason why the City of Tshwane deemed it important to collaborate with TUT."
Collaboration between the City of Tshwane and TUT is critical for improving creativity and sharing ideas in an effort to enhance service delivery.