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International Seminar Supports the Development of Intercultural Competencies among Postgraduate Students
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.
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.
Unit 1: Introduction to Comprehensive Internationalisation of Higher Education
Unit 2: Developing an Effective Strategy for Comprehensive Internationalisation
Comprehensive Internationalisation of Research
Comprehensive Internationalisation of the Curriculum
Internationalisation at Home as a Tool for Comprehensive Internationalisation
International Partnerships as a Tool for Comprehensive Internationalisation
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.
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:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org[/persons][persons name=”Mrs Nontlanhla Ntakana” job=”Assistant International Relations Officer”]Tel: +27 15 962 8546
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