North-West & Brock University Partnership

North-West & Brock University Partnership

Brock University and North-West University signed a Memorandum of Agreement in 2005. Since the agreement was established, both universities have been collaborating on many areas of research. North-West University has quickly become a very active partner institution for Brock, as shown by the steady exchange of students, faculty and administrators below.

Apr 23-24, 2015 Five delegates from North-West University, including Prof Kobus Mentz, Dr. Molly van Niekerk, Dr. Julialet Rens, Dr. Bernadette Geduld and Dr. Charlene Du Toit-Brits, visited with The Centre for Adult Education, The Department of Graduate & Undergraduate Studies and various members of The Faculty of Education to discuss ongoing collaborative research projects. They also participated in a symposium arranged by the Faculty of Education titled Research in Education at
North West University, South Africa: Exploring collaboration with Brock University
Sept 2014-Jan 2015 Doctoral candidate, Ewelina Niemczyk (Brock) appointed as a Research Fellow at North-West University.
May 2014 Dr. JP Rossouw (NWU) visited the Faculty of Education to discuss the extension of the partnership agreement.
Oct 2013 Doctoral candidate, Ewelina Niemczyk (Brock) visited North-West University and also co-presented a paper in Beijing with NWU collaborator, JP Roussouw
Jan 2013 Dr. Mary-Louise Vanderlee was appointed an Extraordinary Professor in the School of Education at North-West University in South Africa.
Feb-Jun 2012 Jeannine Keating was involved in an ongoing collaborative research project in the area of the influence of contextual factors on education in early childhood education. Ms Keating is a recipient of the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program awarded by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). Dr. Mary-Louise Vanderlee, Faculty of Education
was her Brock Academic Contact during her academic term at Brock.
Jan-Apr 2012 Charl Wolhuter (NWU) spent a term at Brock teaching a master's course in Comparative and International Education and collaborating on research with Michelle McGinn, Snezana Ratkovic, and other Brock scholars.
July 2011 A Brock MEd student, Elyse Giroux, headed to South Africa for an internship at North-West University, awarded $10,000 . Giroux is the sixth Brock intern at the university since 2006. Giroux’s work focused on “Human Rights Education: empowering girls in rural and metropolitan school environments” as well as theory development and curriculum on human rights issues. The internship was co-ordinated by Sheila Young, director of Brock International, and Dolana Mogadime, associate professor in the Faculty of Education. The program was managed by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.
 April 2011 Prof. Charl Wolhuter, professor in Comparative Education at North-West University gave a presentation entitled "The South African Academic Profession in a Maelstrom of Change". Dr. Wolhuter was here for three days before attending the CIES (Comparative and International Education Society) 2011 conference in Montreal.
Feb-Mar 2011 Margaret Rossouw, North-West University, South Africa, was involved in an in an ongoing collaborative research project in the area of the influence of contextual factors on quality education in early childhood education. Dr. Mary-Louise Vanderlee, Faculty of Education was her Brock Academic Contact during her academic term at Brock.
Sept 2010 Leigh Pritchard, A graduate student in the Faculty of Education headed to North-West University as part of a summer internship program, awarded $10,000. The purpose of this internship was to explore the epistemic beliefs of teachers preparing to teach literacy skills in reading in North West University. Leigh Pritchard undertook research mentored jointly by North-West University and Brock University faculty, attended meetings, workshops, visited schools and attended many special events and activities.
July 2010 Prof. Cornelia Roux, Director of Research at North-West University delivered a talk about "Human Rights Education in Diversity" and also held meetings with senior university officials and members of the international community to discuss prospects of extending the already existing agreement between the institutions.
June 2009 Michelle McGinn (Brock) and Susan Tilley (Brock) were invited to North-West University to present an intensive 3-day workshop for faculty and graduate students, entitled Research ethics policies and practices: Advancing your research agenda. They met with various members of the NWU community over the week to consult about research and research ethics, and to explore potential future collaborations.
Feb 2009 Linda Thomas, MEd student from Brock University, participated at North-West University through the Students For Development Internship (SFD) program to develop research on health literacy
Nov 2008 Dr. Monty Montieth and Dr. Audrey Klopper - delegation from North-West University delievered a lecture on Research Development and Literacy and Numeracy in Early Chilhood Program
Fall 2008 Linda Tomas, M. Ed. Student from Brock University explored the issue of Health literacy in South Africa to compare and contrast the South African and Canadian Health Literacy Programs, awarded $10,000. Brock News (pg. 5)
Fall 2008 Joany Fransman, M.Ed. Student from North West University, examined Math Education and Differential instruction for Learners, awarded $10,000. Dr. Joyce Mgombelo was her Brock Academic Contact supervisor. While at Brock, Joany Fransman will be furthering her research on the effective ways of learning and teaching mathematical literacy as part of the University Mentorship program. Brock News (pg. 5)
May 2008 Dr. Petra Engelbrecht visits Brock University - delievered a lecture on Democracy, Education Change and Transformations in South Africa: Inclusive Education Considerations
March 2008 Dr. K. Mentz, Dr. D. du Toit, Mr. M. Smit, Dr. C. Viligoen, Prof. JR Rossouw, & Ms. J. Fransman - delegation from North-West University participated in a Faculty of Education Academic Colloquium
Winter 2007 Anitha Jacobs, a student from North-West University, participated in a pilot project regarding women across races and their access to leadership opportunities, Awarded $10,000. Professor Dolana Mogadime, Faculty of Education, the lead investigator, who has been the champion and driving force for the ongoing collaboration with North-West University, was also Jacobs' internship supervisor and mentor. Together, they conducted many interviews with women taking leadership roles in the field of education in Ontario.
Fall 2007 Amy Fish, M.Ed. student from Brock University participated in an Internship Program Focusing on Governance and HIV/AIDS in the University Curriculum, Awarded $10,000; The internship program was established between the two institutions by Dr. Mogadime and Professor Kobus Mentz (of North West University). Brock News (pg. 2)
August 2007 Dr. Dolana Mogadime (Brock University) & Dr. Kobus Mentz (North-West University) collaborate on a research project
Summer 2007 Wonuola Yomi-Odedeyi, M.Ed. Student from Brock University participated in an internship program focusing on Shadowing School Principals in order to ascertain an understanding of Gender and Leadership Style, Awarded $10,000. Brock News (pg. 2)
Feb 2007 A. Jacobs, the first student from North-West University, participated in a pilot project, Commonwealth Africa Graduate Student Exhcnage - a program funded by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Fall 2006 Jennifer Holder, M.Ed. Student from Brock University Participated in an internship program focusing on Women’s Leadership Role in South Africa, awarded $10,000. Jennifer Holder, a second-year Master of Education student at Brock, traveled to North-West University to complete a three-month internship and conduct research work related to the joint institutional project. Holder's internship. Dr. Mokoena was Ms. Holder’s primary academic contact and supervisor at North-West University, South Africa. Her placement was made possible through the Canada Corps University Partnership Program (CCUPP), funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Aug 2006 Dr. N. Takalo, Deputy Vice Chancellor & Dr. M. Mokoena, Head of the Department of Professional Studies and Internship visit to further institutional collaboration
July 2006 Dr. Kobus Mentz's initial three day visit to Brock University from North-West University to explore areas for collaboration with Brock Faculty of Education
December 2005 Memorandum of Agreement is formalized
November 2005 Dr. Dolana Mogadime, Faculty of Education & Dr. Michael Owen, VP Research make a sight visit to North-West University

Media & Publications
Amy Fish on Grad Talk
Anitha Jacobs on Brock News
Delegation from South Africa on Brock News
Student Exchange Program between Brock University and North-West University on Brock International Newsletter

Related Links
North-West University
Brock University
Dr. Dolana Mogadime
Dr. Kobus Mentz
DFAIT Commonwealth
CIDA Student Development Program

Contact Information
Dr. Kobus Mentz, North-West University
Dr. Dolana Mogadime, Brock University
Ms. Sheila Young, Brock International & Liaison