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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.

Cornelius Hagenmeier is an international education administrator and legal academic who is rooted in the German and South African jurisdictions. Hagenmeier’s academic focus includes internationalisation of higher education. 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 in the Department of Public law and serves since 2011 as Director of International Relations.

Last updated 16 September 2015

Advanced Short Learning Programme
Managing Comprehensive Internationalisation of Higher Education
25-26 April 2016 at the University of Venda, Thohoyandou

This comprehensive module is presented by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Unit for Higher Education Internationalisation in the Developing World in collaboration with the University of Venda and endorsed by the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA). The module will be offered on 25-26 April 2016 at the University of Venda (UNIVEN), Thohoyandou, South Africa. Facilitators will be South African HE internationalisation practitioners and experts.

Target Audience and Module Aim

This advanced Short Learning Programme (SLP) module is aimed at senior and middle management university officials and staff working on comprehensive internationalisation of higher education (HE) in South Africa and SADC countries. The aim of the module is to enhance participants’ knowledge and capacity and prepare them for effective management of comprehensive internationalisation at their institutions. The focus of the module will be on the HE internationalisation concepts, definitions and trends and development of effective context- and institution-specific strategies for comprehensive HE internationalisation. Furthermore, the module will focus on internationalisation of the curriculum and research as well as internationalisation at home, and utilisation of international networks and partnerships in the quest to comprehensively internationalise universities.

Module Overview

Day 1

Unit 1: Introduction to Comprehensive Internationalisation of Higher Education
Unit 2: Developing an Effective Strategy for Comprehensive Internationalisation

Day 2

Unit 3:

Comprehensive Internationalisation of Research
Comprehensive Internationalisation of the Curriculum

Unit 4:

Internationalisation at Home as a Tool for Comprehensive Internationalisation International Partnerships as a Tool for Comprehensive Internationalisation

Module Outcomes

Completing this module will enable the participants to:

Acquire knowledge of the latest trends, concepts, approaches and practices related to comprehensive HE internationalisation; Gain knowledge necessary for development of an effective strategy for comprehensive HE internationalisation; Become familiar with the requirements and approaches for comprehensive internationalisation of the curriculum and research; Acquire knowledge about tools for comprehensive internationalisation of higher education, such as internationalisation at home and international partnerships. Preparation and Assessment

Each lecture will consist of a theoretical and interactive section. Participants will be expected to read required readings beforehand. Thorough preparation and active participation will ensure participants’ optimum learning experience. In order to complete the SLP and receive a certificate, participants will have to attend all lectures and submit a written case study report (2,000-3,000 words) about 5-6 weeks after the module is presented.

Cost of the Module

R4,000 per person: This includes the course material and lunch, tea and coffee during the SLP on 25-26 April 2016. Please note that the cost does not include hotel accommodation or travel.

Required/Recommended Readings

A list of required and recommended readings will be sent to those who register for the module.

How to Apply

Please go to the following link to register for the SLP:
If you need more information, please contact:
Cornelius Hagenmeier at / +27 15-962 8409 or Savo Heleta at / +27 41 504 4780

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Mr. Cornelius Hagenmeier
LL.B. degree (UNISA), LL.M degree (UCT)

Position: Director

Telephone: +2715 962 8409

Dr Segun Obadire
PhD, Rural Development (Univen)

Position: Chief Administrative Officer

Telephone: +2715 962 8546 / +27 79 105 3928

Mrs Nontlanhla Ntakana

Position: Assistant International Relations Officer

Telephone: +2715 962 8546

Ms Suzan Sathekge

Position: International Student Administrator

Telephone: +2715 962 8546

Mr Hulisani Sithagu

Position: International Student Administrator

Telephone: +2715 962 8546

Last updated 16 September 2015