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UKZN academic home after four-week lecture assignment in Sweden

2010/11/23 05:34:33 PM

Professor Darma Mahadea spent four weeks in in Sweden, on an exchange programme between Gavle University and UKZN.

Professor Darma Mahadea of the School of Economics and Finance spent four weeks in in Sweden, on an exchange programme between Gavle University and UKZN.

This academic exchange programme was coordinated by Gavle’s Professor Maria Malama-Fregidou.

Professor Mahadea’s visit was in line with goal one of the UKZN Strategic Plan which aims to promote African-led globalization. The Gavle and UKZN Staff exchange programme is one of the strategic steps adopted by the College of Law and Management Studies in contributing to the realization of the University’s goals.

Professor Mahadea was assigned to teach International Trade and the Economics of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICSA), as fast growing economies, to students, who were mainly from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, Canada, France, Latin America and China. He also presented a paper titled: The Determinants of Happiness: A South African Case Study at a seminar attended by staff members, and doctoral students, of Economics and Business Studies.

Further, he gave a presentation to post-graduate students on how to manage a project with a view to making a successful completion towards a Phd thesis and took part in a one-day staff seminar on research.

“This exchange programme has been a very fruitful learning experience, enabling me to gain an understanding and appreciation of research and academia in Sweden, interacting with staff, students and social entrepreneurs, and sharing ideas and knowledge,” said Professor Mahadea.

Professsor Mahadea is grateful to the UKZN authorities, colleagues, the Head of the School of Economics and Finance, Professor Maria Malama-Fregidou, and Gavle University for the opportunity.

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