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Wednesday, November 25 • 12:30 - 14:15
E40: Advancing Internationalisation through North – South Networks in Pandemic Times

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Networks have in recent years gained prominence in internationalisation. Increasingly, universities collaborate in multilateral groups and often prefer network memberships over forging bilateral partnerships. Some networks are initiated by universities, whereas others are established following impetus and funding from donors. One instance of a successful higher education network is the South Africa-Sweden University Forum (SASUF).

This workshop will discuss contemporary university networks in a fast-changing higher education landscape characterised by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. First, participants will consider the rationales for higher education collaboration in networks, with a focus on understanding the contribution of networks to comprehensive internationalisation. 
After that, the modalities of collaboration in North-South networks will be explored, with a particular focus on learning from the experience of network dynamics which shaped SASUF in the pandemic period. Specific attention will be afforded to interrogating how equality can be achieved and sustained in a large-scale network involving universities from countries with divergent wealth. Participants will develop strategies for managing and sustaining network collaboration in the anticipated post-COVID-19 reality. 
The facilitators intend to consolidate the workshop findings in a research paper, which is part of a research project on comprehensive internationalisation which they have registered at the University of the Free State. 

Keywords: internationalisation – networks; higher education collaboration; comprehensive internationalisation; decolonial networks


Cornelius Hagenmeier

Director: Office for International Affairs, University of the Free State

Wednesday November 25, 2020 12:30 - 14:15 CET
Zoom Room E