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South African Education Program: Programs and Projects


Current Programs

The University of Missouri South African Education Program currently supports three programs. Click on the following names to learn about each:

  • UM/UWC Faculty Exchange Program - For faculty, the Faculty Exchange Program advances mutual understanding and demonstrates cooperation in teaching, research and service among the faculties of the University of Missouri System and the University of Western Cape (UWC) in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • South African Partnerships Program - For faculty, the South African Partnerships Program makes possible partnerships between UM System faculty members and a number of institutions throughout South Africa, including historically disadvantaged postsecondary education institutions, governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations. If you are interested in working with only UWC, then you want to apply under the Faculty Exchange Program; the Partnerships Program is for collaboration with other institutions or for a multi-institutional collaboration that includes UWC.
  • UM/UWC Student Exchanges - Students from UWC and the four UM campuses may study at their partner institution as a Henry Mitchell Scholar. The University of Missouri South African Education Program also supports the creation of UM faculty led study abroad programs and provides logistical support to such programs, once they are launched. Finally, the System seeks to provide opportunities for UWC students to advance their academic careers at one of the UM campuses.

Past Special Projects

Association Liaison Office (ALO) Grant

In 2004, the University of Missouri System received a $100,000 grant from the American Council on Education’s ALO to work in partnership with UWC. The purpose of this grant was twofold: to build capacity in academic leadership and in nursing education at UWC. Between 2004 and 2006, administrators and faculty from both universities have traveled back and forth between Missouri and South Africa to work on these goals. The grant produced many positive results within the UWC nursing school, and established relationships between UWC’s nursing faculty and their counterparts at MU UMKC and UMSL, which continue to flourish. Additionally, an academic leadership program was successfully launched at UWC. Our hope is that this leadership program thrive and serve as a model for other African universities.

The ALO grant was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the American Council on Education and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Read the ALO Grant Final Report (PDF 1.5 MB).

Tertiary Education Linkages Program (TELP)

The Tertiary Education Linkages Program (TELP) was funded by the United Negro College Fund's Special Programs Corporation and ran from July 1, 1999, to June 30, 2003. The TELP facilitated greater collaboration between the UM System and UWC and supported UWC in improving curricula; training faculty, staff and students; and advancing the quality of education offered to UWC students and the Cape Town community.  

  • Awarded: $454,613
  • Project Director: Joel Glassman, Ph.D., UMSL
  • Project Evaluator: Joseph Hughey, Ph.D., UMKC


The TELP supported 13 projects:

  • A.1: Problem-based Learning and Curriculum Development in Health Related Professions. UM faculty: Richard Oliver, MU, and Gerald Browning, MU. 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, Missouri S&T. 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, MU. 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, MU, and Margaret Gunderson, MU. 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, MU. 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. 



  • Facilitated at least 140 visits during the four years of the program, including 62 visits to UWC and 78 visits to UM campuses.
  • Developed, offered or made available 18 new courses, short courses and course modules.
  • Included six training workshops.
  • Produced at least 15 joint research papers, publications and proposals.
  • Included 10 joint training sessions for faculty and/or graduate students.
  • Generated new departmental student exchange programs in health professions, journalism and chemistry.

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. Approximately 80% of South Africans utilize traditional healers (Inyangas & Sangomas), and indigenous phytotherapies developed over centuries. Several thousand of the higher plants are used as phytotherapies every day for treating a range of problems from the common cold to serious diseases such as AIDS. The International Center for Indigenous Phytotherapy Studies (TICIPS) focused on learning how safe and effective these treaments are.

TICIPS was a collaborative research effort between the University of Missouri-Columbia and UWC. The center was 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 (NIH).

Reviewed 2019-08-05