Twenty talented students from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (South Africa) are going to study at the Academy for Urban Development, Logistics and Mobility for four years as of September. They will follow the English language study programme Logistics and Economics of Logistics and Engineering. The students have been partially selected by NHTV and the Ekurhuleni Municipality will sponsor their tuition fees. In this way students with an above-average final examination mark, but who do not have the financial resources to study, are nevertheless given the opportunity to pursue a follow-up study programme.
Erkurhuleni is part of the metropolitan municipalities of South Africa and one of the neighbouring municipalities is Johannesburg. The municipalities of Breda and Ekurhuleni have had a cooperative alliance for years stemming from the Netherlands Association of Municipalities (VNG International) in area development. During their annual visit last September NHTV was asked to give a presentation after which it was evident that there was considerable interest in the knowledge field of logistics. This was also in relation to the objective of Ekurhuleni of becoming an aerotropolis, in which logistics is an important aspect. Regarding this Ekurhuleni had requested whether NHTV Breda could place 20 students. The agreement is now definite and the candidates have meanwhile been selected by both parties.
The students who have been selected have all achieved a high final examination average, but do not have the financial resources to go on to pursue a follow-up study programme. They regard it as their only opportunity to change the course of their lives and that of their families and NHTV is very pleased to help them in this. Should this pilot be a success then more will follow.
The agreement was officially signed by Hein van Oorschot, chairman of the Executive Board on 6 June. The ambassador for South Africa, Bruce Koloane, was also present.