University of Iowa establishes global partnership with University of Johannesburg

Published on March 22, 2023

The University of Iowa (UI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in Johannesburg, South Africa. This global partnership seeks to provide opportunities for students and faculty in the areas of teaching, learning, and research.

UJ is a public university with a student population of over 50,000, of which more than 3,000 are international students from 80 countries. The university has four campuses and offers both undergraduate and postgraduate education.

The MOU was initiated by Oluwafemi Adeagbo, assistant professor of community and behavioral health in the UI College of Public Health, who has strong academic and research ties with the University of Johannesburg.

 An MOU is a formal agreement to cooperate in a wide variety of possible activities, including joint educational, training and/or research activities; exchanges of scholars, faculty, research personnel, graduate students, and undergraduate students; exchange of information; and practical training. The existence of a formal MOU may help in securing funding for linkage activities or in receiving recognition from university officials and governmental organizations.  

For more information about this MOU and potential activities, please contact Sophie Switzer, Global Public Health Initiative administrator, at