By Zahra Astitou
On Wednesday June 9, 2010, a VU University delegation consisting of 13 people headed by VU president René Smit went to the high ranking University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the United States. Three VU students were chosen to enforce the delegation by representing the VU University students during the visit. As a student-reporter for the university weekly Ad Valvas, I was one of the lucky students who was chosen to go to Los Angeles. This visit revolved around the important event that took place on Monday June 14, which was a historic day for our university and for UCLA: both universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding that implies close collaboration on four different fields. The universities have committed themselves to collaborate with each other on the following fields: 1). A general student exchange program; 2). A summer course; 3). Conducting a research together on diversity along with a South African university; and 4). Exchanging experiences and good practices of different departments, e.g. Human Resource Management, Marketing and Communication, etc.