Nelson Mandela University math professor visiting Dominican campus to improve education in South Africa

Dr. Hugh Glover, Professor of Math Education at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa, is visiting the Dominican University of California campus through December 10.

Dr. Glover is aiming to establish a permanent relationship between DU and Nelson Mandela University, particularly in the fields of mathematics and science with a focus on teacher preparation.  His visit coincides with International Education Week and Dominican’s continued global commitment to reach for international students.

“I think we’re going to make the path together,” Dr. Glover said. “Whereas there’s a lot of room in universities for theorizing or developing new theories, I think in the role of education it is about engagement. The big swing happening in education, certainly in our country, is that with the work we do in education, there needs to be a strong connection between theory and practice.”

 Dr. Glover has been teaching mathematics and mathematics education at Nelson Mandela University for the past 27 years.  He is actively involved in teacher professional development, particularly  the advancement of teacher knowledge.

 “We are delighted to have Dr. Glover on our campus and we welcome his expertise in the area of teacher needs and preparation,” said Dr. Rande Webster, Director of Special Education Programs at Dominican. “We hope his visit solidifies the partnership  with Dominican University that began last November at Nelson Mandela University.”

 That is when a Dominican team consisting of Dr. Webster, Dr. Ed Kujawa, Dr. Ruth Ramsey, Dr. Sibdas Ghosh, Dr. Jayati Ghosh and Dr. Madalienne Peters visited NMMU. Dominican has established a relationship with LEAP schools in South Africa.

 “On the basis of the relationship that has been established I think we can put together a meaningful project that can really try to impact young kids in South Africa who are 15-16-17 years of age in their final years of high school and make a difference in the math and science education,” said Dr. Glover, who first visited Dominican in January of 2009. “Those are such critical subjects and our country does not do well in teaching math and science.”