Special Projects



ALO Grant

Request for Proposal (RFP)

The USAID Cooperative Agreement with the American Council on Education (ACE) seeks to mobilize the resources of U.S. higher education in support of international development cooperation.  In 2004, the University of Missouri, as the lead U.S. institution, received a $100,000 grant from the American Council on Education’s Association Liaison Office to work in partnership with the University of the Western Cape.  The purpose of this grant was twofold:  to build capacity in academic leadership and in nursing education at UWC. 

Since 2004, administrators and faculty from both universities have traveled back and forth between Missouri and South Africa to work on these goals.  Although this grant will finish in the spring of 2006, the grant has already produced many positive developments within the UWC nursing school.  Moreover, the relationships that have been established between UWC’s nursing faculty and their counterparts at UMKC, Columbia and UMSL as a result of working together on this grant will continue to flourish beyond 2006.  Additionally, an academic leadership program has been successfully launched at UWC.  Our hope is that this leadership program will continue to thrive and may even serve as a model for other African universities.

Final Report

Interim Reports


Tertiary Education Linkages Program (TELP)

“Tertiary Education Linkages Program (TELP), University of Missouri-University of the Western Cape Linkage.”  Funded by United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation.  [Funds were from the United States Agency for International Development].  July 1, 1999-June 30, 2003.  Awarded:  $454,613.  Project Director:  Joel Glassman, Center for International Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis.  Dr. Joseph Hughey, UMKC, served as the project evaluator.

The TELP project was successful in facilitating greater collaboration between the University of Missouri (UM) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC).  Thirteen sub-projects were conducted under the auspices of TELP and substantial progress was made  in planning, developing and conducting activities which assisted the University of the Western Cape in improving curricula, training faculty, staff and students, and developing other educational programs to improve the quality of education offered by UWC to its students and the community.  

The TELP sub-projects were:

  • A.1:  Problem-based Learning and Curriculum Development in Health Related Professions.  UM faculty:  Richard Oliver, UMC, and Gerald Browning, UMC.  UWC faculty: Quinette Louw and Anthea Rhode.
  • A.2:  Enhancement of Graduate Programs, Faculty Training, and Research in Dentistry.  UM faculty:  J. David Eick, UMKC, and Michael Reed, UMKC.  UWC faculty:  Hanif Moola.
  • A.3.:  Conflict, Violence and Health.  UM faculty:  George McCall, UMSL.  UWC faculty:  Sharon Spicer.
  • B.1:  Geophysical and Geological Water Resources Studies.  UM faculty:  Neil Anderson, UMR.  UWC faculty:  Rian Titus.
  • C.1:  Women’s Studies  Career and Curriculum Development Program.  UM faculty:  Lois Pierce, UMSL.  UWC faculty:  Lindsay Clowes and Tammy Shefer.
  • D.1:  Children and Violence.  UM faculty:  Lois Pierce, UMSL.  UWC faculty:  Rose September.
  • E.1:  Staff Development and Curriculum Planning in Law.  UM faculty:  James Levin, UMC.  UWC faculty:  Pierre de Vos and Catherine Maxwell.
  • F.1:  Achieving Excellence in Academic and Institutional Outcomes through Collaboration, Replication and Dissemination of Best Practices in Economic and Management Sciences.  UM faculty:  Nicholas Peroff, UMKC.  UWC faculty:  Orlando Hohls and Madge du Preez.
    F.2:  Fostering an Institutional Culture at UWC for Lifelong Learning.  UM faculty:  Wendell Smith, UMSL, and David Klostermann, UMSL.  UWC faculty:  Shirley Walters.
  • F.3:  Distributed Education Certificate Program.  UM faculty:  Dale Huffington, UMC, and Margaret Gunderson, UMC.  UWC faculty:  Tony Bijker and Karolina O’Donoghue.
  • F.4:  School Organizational Culture and Change.  UM faculty:  Bernard Oliver, UMKC, and Carole Murphy, UMSL.  UWC faculty:  Harold Herman.
  • G.1:  Culture and Media Studies.  UM faculty:  Byron Scott, UMC.  UWC faculty:  Loes Nas and Herman Wittenberg.
  • H.1:  Chemistry Curriculum and Research Development in Chemical Science.  UM faculty:  Gordon Anderson, UMSL.  UWC faculty:  David Key and Farouk Ameer. 


  • The project facilitated at least 140 visits during the four years of the project including 62 visits to UWC and 78 visits to UM campuses.
  • At least eighteen new courses, short courses, and course modules were developed, offered or made available during the TELP project.
  • Six training workshops were conducted.
  • At least fifteen joint research papers, publications and proposals were produced.
  • Ten of the projects conducted joint training of faculty and/or graduate students.
  • New departmental student exchange programs were developed in health professions, journalism and chemistry.


The TELP project was successful in accomplishing significant curriculum and staff development at UWC and in facilitating greater collaboration between UM and UWC.


The International Center for Indigenous Phytotherapy Studies (TICIPS)

South Africa has an incredibly rich array of flora with more than 30,000 species of higher plants of which some 3,000 are used for medicinal purposes. Approximately 80% of South Africans utilize traditional healers (Inyangas & Sangomas), and indigenous phytotherapies developed over centuries.

Several thousand of them are used by traditional healers every day in that country for treating a range of problems from the common cold to serious diseases such as AIDS. How safe and effective these treatments are will be the focus of The International Center for Indigenous Phytotherapy Studies (TICIPS), a collaborative research effort between the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. The center will be funded by a $4.4 million, 4-year grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicines (NCCAM), a division of the National Institutes of Health.

The primary mission of TICIPS is to partner with traditional healers and key South African stakeholders to conduct scientifically rigorous research on indigenous phytotherapies. Ultimately it is hoped that these therapies could be integrated into conventional health care systems.


UWC Centre for Conflict Transformation, Reconstruction and Development (CCTRD)

South Africa’s transition to democracy has brought huge advances to the majority of our people, and significant progress has been made in bridging past divisions. But many tensions and inequalities remain, giving rise to high levels of conflict over issues ranging from socio-economic problems (such as the demand for land, housing and jobs) to the need for accommodating the country’s rich diversity in terms of culture, ethnicity, sex, religion and age.

Conflict in itself is not necessarily negative; it may be no more than a reflection of the need for change. Left to itself, however, it may feed on itself and ultimately destroy the preconditions for a solution. The Centre is inspired by the vision of reversing this vicious cycle and setting an opposite dynamic in motion: of mobilising the social forces manifested in conflict in addressing its root causes and arriving at new, joint-driven solutions. This principle is at the heart of the process of conflict transformation. The Centre furthermore believes that, in the last analysis, such solutions are integrally connected to policies associated with the goals of “reconstruction and development”. Where socio-economic issues are concerned, for example, the link is unmistakably clear. Taken together, therefore, these three concepts – conflict transformation, reconstruction and development – sum up that which the Centre seeks to promote: a holistic and people-centred approach to conflict, aimed at producing sustainable results rather than quick fixes.

At a practical level, the Centre originates from the long-standing cooperation between the law faculties at UWC and the University of Missouri. Its purpose is the establishment of a multidisciplinary but integrated programme for the study and practice of conflict transformation in South Africa and other African countries, incorporating relevant expertise from other faculties and partner institutions. 


Reviewed 2013-08-15.