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Conference on quality of Higher Education

Conference on quality of Higher Education

Conference on the Impact of Internationalisation on the Quality of Higher Education (includes a lecture with Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo)

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) will host the 15th Annual International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) conference on “The Impact of Internationalisation on the Quality of Higher Education”.

Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Ahmed Bawa will deliver the opening and welcome address. Ms Merle Hodges, President of IEASA will launch the Study SA Guide. Keynote speakers are Dr Kampaus from Georgia State University, USA and Prof Brian O’Connell from the University of the Western Cape who will talk on International Research Collaboration as a tool to address global challenges.

The conference will be preceded by workshops and a student conference. University administrators, academics, researchers and student leaders from different 23 universities in South Africa and abroad will participate in this international conference. Countries including Belgium, India, Nigeria, the UK and USA will be presented at the conference.

Dr Kumi Naidoo, the Executive Director of Greenpeace International will deliver a talk on “Global challenges facing higher education” on Wednesday 31 August 2011 at 12H00 in the Steward’s Dining Room, Greyville Race Course.

Conference details:
Date: 31 August 2011- 3 September 2011
Time: 8H30 – 17H15
Venue: Greyville Race Course, Durban

The lecture with Kumi Naidoo is from 12h00 to 12h45 on 31 August.

RSVP essential – to bhekanid@dut.ac.za by Tuesday, 30 August.

The International Education Association of South Africa is a non-profit organisation, which was established as a result of the need for universities and universities of technology in South Africa to respond to international educational trends. If South Africa is to remain competitive within the global economic environment it is important that our higher education provides opportunities for students to obtain a global perspective to their studies. It also opens up international contacts which will benefit students, tertiary institutions and assists South Africa to be a competitor and participant in world markets.

• IEASA strives to:
• Take a pro-active role in policy-making which affects international education.
• Maintain on-going communication and cooperative relationships with government departments and appropriate statutory and other bodies, with a view to participating in policy-making which affects international education.
• Monitor government policy and procedures on issues affecting international students and academic or administrative visitors from abroad.

Programme Outline
13 August 2011: Conference workshops and student conference
1-2 September 2011: Conference days
3 September 2011: Conference conclusion, resolutions and declarations
Issues to be discussed include:

• Innovation and practice in teaching, learning and broader curriculum matters

• International Research Collaboration as a tool to address global challenges

• Best practice and Models of Internationalisation in Higher Education

• International benchmarking and best practice

• International perspectives on community engagement through partnerships

• Internationalisation as a tool to drive and inform university’s strategic goals

• The impact of full time international students on universities

• Academic mobility including (staff and student exchange programmes)

• International work integrated learning placements and its impact on the quality of graduates

For more information, please contact:
Dr Lavern Samuels : 083 780 8993
Dr Strini Pillay : 073 635 0582
Mr Shakeel Ori : 082 561 6473