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.