Posted on: 02 October 2014
The University of Alberta is ranked amongst the top universities of the world on several world rankings systems and has most recently been ranked at nr 84 in the world on the QS World University rankings (http://www.topuniversities.com/). In the subject field of Education, Alberta is ranked in the top 100 in the world and Pretoria is ranked in the top 150.
The initial groundwork for the current collaboration started during meetings of the two deans of Education in 2013. Dr Fern Snart, dean of Education at Alberta, hosted Prof Irma Eloff, Dean of Education at Pretoria in Edmonton, Canada. During the discussions it emerged that the two faculties had similar areas of strength in particular areas of research in education – ranging from Mathematics education, literacy, indigenous knowledge and social justice education. The two faculties are also similar in size and share remarkably similar histories, spanning back decades.
During the signing of the MoU, Prof Irma Eloff expressed the hope that the collaboration between the two faculties of Education will also be broadened to include other fields at the institutions, e.g. the faculties of Engineering, Economics and Management sciences, Theology and Health Sciences. The MoU was signed at an institutional (university) level.
The Alberta delegation to Pretoria included the dean of Education, Dr Fern Snart, the associate dean, Dr George Richardson, Dr Lynette Schulz, Dr Larry Prochner, Dr Elaine Simmt, Dr Florence Glanfield, Dr Carol Leroy and Lucy de Fabrizio. The former Registrar of Alberta, Gerry Kendall, also accompanied the delegation.