SARUA’s aim is thus to strengthen the leadership and institutions of higher education in the southern African region
Vol, 4 No 2: Internationalisation in Higher Education perspectives from the Global South
Worldwide, internationalisation is recognised as having increasing sway in academia. But what does it offer the process of transforming and revitalising higher education in the SADC region? Can it foster collaboration between institutions and build the research networks urgently needed to support indigenous knowledge production? Can it help academic institutions prosper economically and socially?
In June 2012 a SARUA Vice-Chancellors Dialogue was held in collaboration with the International Association of Universities, co-hosted by Eduardo Mondlane University and Lurio University in Mozambique. The event brought together higher education leaders and academics in the Southern African region as well as participants from Asia, North and South America, and Europe. This provided an important opportunity for role-players to explore questions such as:
How can the terms for engagement in knowledge production be redefined in the global context? What constraints and opportunities are present?
How can collaborative relationships between Southern and Northern counterparts be restructured?
What intellectual space does internationalisation open up for scholarship in the South, for the South and of the South?
What implications does this have for scholarship and capacity-building in Southern African universities?
How can internationalisation support investments in research infrastructure and in systems of innovation?
The Vice-Chancellors Dialogue engaged key role-players in higher education in discussing how internationalisation can help address some of the challenges facing Southern African universities by forging institutional, national and regional initiatives, and guiding the retention and development of academic talent.