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MILE hosts UNIZULU Postgraduate Students for Summer School Programme

By: Janice Lee Moodley (Municipal Institute of Learning)


Postgraduate students from the University of Zululand at the NRF-SAIAB-MILE Summer School received a
certificate of 
participation for attending the programme.

The Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the NRF-South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (NRF-SAIAB) hosted a Summer School Programme for University of Zululand postgraduate Zoology students, from the 1st to the 2nd of September 2022 at the MILE offices.

Th purpose of the session was to broaden perspectives for students by encouraging them to look beyond their field, network and engage in collaborative thinking. It also placed focus on how maritime research can add value to other fields. It provided students with practical and theoretical experience.

Dr Errol Wiles, Geophysics Instrument Scientist at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity presented at the learning event. Dr Wiles emphasised the importance of learning new techniques outside of the Marine Geology discipline.

“University develops a focused thought process in a particular field. We want to expose students to different facets of marine science and applied research as well as time at sea to expand their perspective,” said Dr Wiles.

Mr. Thor Eriksen, Marine Instrument Technician at NRF-SAIAB shared the practical science behind Marine Geology with students by providing demonstrations of the various tools utilised.

The session was facilitated by Dr Collin Pillay, MILE Programme Manager: Research Collaboration. “MILE hosted this event against one of the areas of collaboration within the recently signed city - university Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The Summer School Programme is a new offering designed by MILE to facilitate the sharing of practitioner and expert knowledge, strengthen relationship, and improve relations using a blended learning approach, said Dr Pillay.

The Summer School sparked interest in students to expand their perception of marine science, highlight different career paths and provided practical experience on Marine Geology.

*This article was republished from the MILE website: http://www.mile.org.za/QuickLinks/News/Pages/news_20220907.aspx