UCT has signed a tripartite agreement with the Université de Montréal in Canada and the Université de Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to develop an academic exchange and co-operation in education and research between the universities in the field of astronomy. The signing of the agreement followed initial visits to Cape Town by the presidents of the Université de Montréal and the Université de Ouagadougou, when they met with researchers from the Department of Astronomy.
UCT has also joined the Association des Universités Francophones (AUF) in order to strengthen the links between UCT and universities in French-speaking African countries. Through this agreement, the three universities have agreed to foster student and academic exchanges, joint research activities and exchange of academic material.
The agreement is yet another step in a five-year relationship with the French-speaking universities that has already seen two Burkinabè students awarded scholarships by UCT’s National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP); they are now busy with their graduate studies.
the three universities have agreed to foster student and academic exchanges.
An additional four students are being supported through their PhD studies: two at Université de Montréal, one at the Université Laval in Québec and one at the Université de Provence in France. When these students return to Burkina Faso, the agreement will allow them to continue world-class research projects in collaboration with researchers at UCT, using large African research facilities like the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), MeerKAT and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).