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Internationalisation has become a high priority in contemporary South African higher education. UNIVEN has responded by establishing its International Relations Office in May 2010. Another milestone for internationalisation at UNIVEN has been achieved with the establishment of the Directorate of International Relations. Cornelius Hagenmeier was appointed as the new Director of International Relations on 1 July 2011.

The new Directorate advances the process of internationalisation at UNIVEN. UNIVEN conceives internationalisation as the process of integrating an international and intercultural dimension into the teaching, research, community engagement and service functions of the University. The core function of the new Directorate is to contribute to the expansion of international activities and to service international students and staff members of UNIVEN. It collaborates with all stakeholders at UNIVEN to grow, nurture and develop international linkages, partnerships and related activities.

I serves as the secretariat of the reviewed Partnerships, Linkages and Internationalisation Committee of Senate. The new Directorate has contributed to developing an internationalisation strategy for UNIVEN through the revision of the strategic objective relating to Linkages, Partnerships and Internationalisation in UNIVEN’s Strategic Plan 2012 – 2016.

Mr. Hagenmeier has an academic background in law and focuses today on internationalization of Higher Education. He is rooted in the German and South African jurisdictions. He was born in Darmstadt, Germany on 15 June 1971. He obtained his qualification to be appointed as a judge in Germany before he decided to settle in South Africa in 2002. He holds a South African LL.B. degree (UNISA) and a South African LL.M degree (UCT). He is a non-practicing attorney of the High Court of South Africa. He accepted an appointment at the University of Venda in 2007. He has taught Public law at this institution and has in July 2011 been appointed as the first Director of International Relations.

Designation Name Contacts
Director Mr. Hagenmeier Tel : +27 15 962 8409
Fax :
E-mail : cornelius.hagenmeier@univen.ac.za
Chief Administrative Officer Mr Segun Obadire Tel : +27 15 962 8409
Fax :
E-mail : segun.obadire@univen.ac.za
Part-time Assistant Mr Walter Muavha Tel : +27 15 962 8409
Fax :
E-mail : walter.muavha@univen.ac.za