The University of KwaZulu-Natal hosted the 2018 American African European (AAE) Summer School.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal hosted the 2018 American African European (AAE) Summer School.

American African European Summer School Hosted at UKZN

UKZN’s College of Law and Management Studies hosted the 2018 American African European (AAE) Summer School at which Professor Betty Mubangizi, former Dean and Head of the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance officially welcomed students, staff members, and guests.

The theme was Responsible and Sustainable Management of Innovation in Urban and Global Contexts.

The AAE Summer School, launched in 2006, takes place annually at locations of contributing universities.

Between 2012 and 2016 the operations of the Summer Schools were led by Professor Henry Wissink of UKZN and Professor Stefan Heusig of the Chemnitz University of Technology (CUT) in Germany after which UKZN’s Professor Brian McArthur and Mubangizi took over the leadership.

The goals were to intensify cross-institutional relations and set up joint research projects on intercultural and cross-boundary issues.

The AAE Summer School aims to attract students pursuing their bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees who then participate in the Summer School which involves universities such as UKZN, the University of the Witwatersrand and the ICN Business School in Nancy, France.

For students, it is an educational journey offering a wide range of diverse and interesting activities including lectures, workshops, case studies, games, site visits, and social events.

Various topics and themes were explored during the programme in Durban, such as Corporate Digital Responsibility presented by Professor Dagmar Gesmann-Nuissi; Innovation and the 4th Industrial Revolution presented by Professor Manoj Maharaj: Microsoft Learning as a Service presented by Professor Zelda Tintinger, who is the senior Solution Specialist Education for Microsoft, and Artisans of Technological Innovation and Sustainability by Professor Stefan Hüsig.

The effective partnerships and dedication of the AAE Summer School team comprising Dr Indira Padayachee (Chair), Mr Taahir Vajeth, Mr Karunagaran Naidoo, Professor Debbie Ellis and Ms Malindi Kunene, smoothed the way for UKZN to advance its internationalisation goals.

Words: Sbusiso Lungani Hlongwa