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  14 March 2014

Professor Jacek Uziak of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Botswana (UB), Gaborone, Botswana, and his wife Ewa visited Melbourne in mid-March 2014, where they met the WIETE Director, Professor Zenon J. Pudlowski.

Prof. Uziak, instigator in April 2010 of the partnership between the two institutions, has become the representative of the University, a member of the WIETE International Academic Advisory Committee (WIETE-IAAC), and a member of the editorial advisory boards of the Global Journal of Engineering Education (GJEE) and the World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education (WTE&TE).

The programme of the visit included discussions on the further development of the WIETE’s Global Network of Academic Institutions, with particular emphasis on the Sub-Saharan region of Africa. As a representative of the University of Botswana (UB) within the WIETE Global Network, Prof. Uziak’s role is critical in attracting academic institutions in Africa to our global cause of advancing engineering and technology education, especially, in developing countries and countries in political and economic transition. High on the agenda was discussion of his role and involvement in the operation of the WIETE-IAAC, as well as his position and activities on the editorial advisory boards of the GJEE and the WTE&TE. The two parties also discussed the possibility of establishing a centre for engineering and technology education at the UB, which would become a satellite centre of the WIETE and would take forward the WIETE’s global mission of engineering and technology education.

The culmination of Prof. Jacek Uziak’s busy visit was a working dinner on Friday, 14 March 2014, with WIETE Director Prof. Zenon J Pudlowski, at Melbourne’s famous Chloe’s Lounge and Restaurant. Prof. Uziak’s wife Ewa, and Prof. Pudlowski’s wife Dorota also attended.

The picture shows (r-l) Prof. Jacek Uziak, his wife Ewa, Mrs Dorota and Prof. Zenon Pudlowski at Chloe’s Lounge and Restaurant.