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UTEP Dean Participates in Scholar in Residence Program in South Africa

Last Updated on June 04, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Originally published June 04, 2018

By UC Staff

UTEP Communications

UTEP College of Health Sciences Dean Shafik Dharamsi, Ph.D., served as a Scholar in Residence at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Faculty of Health Sciences in Johannesburg, South Africa, from May 19-26.

UTEP College of Health Sciences Dean Shafik Dharamsi, Ph.D.
UTEP College of Health Sciences Dean Shafik Dharamsi, Ph.D.

Commonly known as Wits, the University of Witwatersrand consists of five faculties: health sciences; commerce; law and management; engineering and the built environment; and humanities and science.

Dharamsi delivered the keynote address, “Shifting power: Examining Health Science Education as a Determinant of Health Outcomes,” at the university’s 9th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium in the Health Sciences.

He also presented a public lecture titled, “Conscience, and Compassion: Meaningful Integration of the Humanities in Health Science Education.”

Dharamsi led several seminars with faculty members and students from different health disciplines on topics such as interprofessional education, engaged scholarship and interdisciplinary research, curriculum design and the scholarship of teaching and learning, and social accountability and global health inequities.

He also discussed opportunities for possible research collaborations between UTEP and Wits.

Since joining UTEP in 2017, Dharamsi has been facilitating the development of the Global Institute for Border Studies, a worldwide initiative that would provide a transnational and transdisciplinary platform toward a collaborative effort to study and respond to the range of interconnected issues related to borders.