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A group of 18 students and two lecturers from the Texas A & M University’s Department Ecosystem Science and Management recently visited NMMU’s George Campus at Saasveld.

Their day at NMMU George included presentations by NMMU staff in the Faculty of Science. Topics included the following:

  • The  geology, climatology and landscape ecology of the Southern Cape landscape;
  • An academic profile of NMMU’s campus in George;
  • An overview of the forest industry of the region, and
  • A presentation on the 'Green Campus' initiative at NMMU George by postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science.

After the presentations the American students were escorted on a short tour of the campus to showcase the classroom facilities, computer labs, the library and the student recreation centre.

The visit was concluded with lunch at the historic ‘Pampoenkraal’ building, now used as a conference venue and guest house on campus, where they had the opportunity to network with some of NMMU’s academic staff and postgraduate students.

A field trip to expose the American students to the most important vegetation biomes of the region concluded their day in George. 

The campus visit formed part of the American students’ week-long stay in the southern Cape which included a visit to Thesen Island to view its various ecosystems and presentations by representatives from SANParks about research on the Knysna Elephant and planning products of the Garden Route National Park.

Mike Cameron and staff and students from TAMU

Photograph: (by Aneri Vlok)

The group from Texas A & M University with one of NMMU’s Faculty of Science lecturers, Mike Cameron, during their recent visit to the university’s George Campus at Saasveld.