JOINT VIRTUAL CONFERENCE 2020

INNOVATION AND RESILIENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION INTERNATIONALISATION IN AN ERA OF COVID-19 & BEYOND

COVID-19 has presented higher education institutions around the globe with unprecedented challenges. In light of global restrictions on mobility, higher education internationalisation has been severely disrupted, bringing many traditional internationalisation activities to an abrupt halt. At the same time, we have witnessed universities act with great adaptability, innovation and resilience.

Join us for a two-day virtual conference exploring the innovative and resilient ways in which universities have responded to COVID-19. In these uncertain times, we are looking forward to sharing perspectives on what we have experienced so far and what we might anticipate beyond the pandemic.

The event is co-hosted by the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) and the African Network for Internationalisation of Education in Africa (ANIE)

In August 2020, IEASA and ANIE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to express their commitment to jointly advance higher education internationalisation in Africa and amplify African voices in the global international educational space.

We are looking forward to bringing together representatives of universities and organisations from across the continent to explore different aspects of innovation and resilience in higher education and higher education internationalisation at the level of individuals, programmes and initiatives, organisations and countries. Speakers will touch on a variety of areas including research, teaching and learning, postgraduate training, entrepreneurship initiatives as well as university management, administration and partnerships.

SESSION 1

TIME

11:00 – 12:00 SA/CAT

OPENING PLENARY

Moderator:
Dr Lavern Samuels
IEASA Treasurer and Past President
Director: International Education and Partnerships,
Durban University of Technology, South Africa

WELCOME

Ms Orla Quinlan
IEASA President
Director: Internationalisation,
Rhodes University, South Africa

Prof. Goski Alabi
ANIE Chairperson
University of Professional Studies,
Accra, Ghana.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Prof. Thuli Madonsela
Chair in Social Justice, Law Faculty,
Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Professor Thulisile “Thuli” Madonsela, an advocate of the High Court of South Africa, is the law trust chair in social justice and a law professor at the University of Stellenbosch, where she conducts and coordinates social justice research and teaches constitutional and administrative law. She is the founder of the Thuma Foundation, an independent democracy leadership and literacy public benefit organisation and convener of the Social Justice M-Plan, a Marshall Plan-like initiative aimed at catalysing progress towards ending poverty and reducing inequality by 2030, in line with the National Development Plan (NDP) and Sustainable Development Goals (SGGs). She is a monthly columnist for the Financial Mail and City Press/Rapport, and occasionally writes for other newspapers.

A multiple award-winning legal professional, with over 50 national and global awards, Thuli Madonsela has eight honorary doctor of laws degrees, one of which was awarded by the Law Society of Canada. She holds a BA Law from Uniswa, a Bachelor of Laws from Wits University and a Harvard Advanced Leadership Certificate, and has been trained in legal drafting, leadership, strategic planning, scenario planning, gender mainstreaming, mediation and arbitration, and training facilitation, among other things.

Thuli Madonsela was the Public Protector of South Africa from 2009 to 2016. She is credited with transforming the institution by enhancing its effectiveness in promoting good governance and integrity – including ethical governance and anticorruption in state affairs – through her reports, jurisprudence on the powers of the Public Protector and introduction of ADR. She is the architect of the OR Tambo Declaration on the minimum standards for an effective ombudsman institution and cooperation with the African Union on strengthening good governance and co-founder of the African Ombudsman Research Centre (AORC) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and served as AORC’s founding chairperson. As a full-time commissioner of the South African Law Commission, she supervised several investigations – among them Project 25 – on aligning all laws with the Constitution, and participated in the drafting of several laws. She chaired and later project-managed the Equality Legal Education Training Unit (ELETU), which provided foundational training for Equality Court judicial officers. She is the co-founder and one of the inaugural leaders of the South African Women Lawyers Association (SAWLA).

Named one of Time 100’s Most Influential People in the World in 2014, Forbes Africa Person of the Year in 2016 and one of BBC’s 100 Women, her peer recognition includes the Commonwealth Lawyers Association’s Truth and Justice Award, Transparency International’s Integrity Award, the South African Law Society’s Truth and Justice Award, General Council of the Bar membership, the Sydney and Felicia Kentridge Award, the SAWLA Women in Law Icon Award, Botswana Lawyers Association Honorary Bar membership, the German Presidential Medal, the German Africa Prize, the African Peer Review Mechanism Anticorruption Crusader Award, Tällberg Global Leader recognition, Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellow recognition, the Gauteng Premier’s Provincial Achiever Award, and having a rose named after her in recognition of her social justice and integrity work.

Thuli Madonsela is one of the drafters of South Africa’s Constitution and co-architect of several laws that have sought to anchor South Africa’s democracy. Among the laws she has helped draft are the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA), the Employment Equity Act (EEA) and the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act. She also contributed to the conceptualisation and quality assurance of laws such as the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, the Domestic Violence Act and the Repeal of the Black Administration Act. Her policy contributions have focused on the transformation of the judicial system, the promotion of equality – particularly gender equality – and the Victims Charter. She has also participated in the drafting of several international instruments, mainly on human rights, gender, race, disability, development and gender-based violence, in addition to participating in the preparation of country reports and representing the country.

Her extensive publishing record includes books/learning resources, book chapters/forewords, journal articles, newspaper articles and papers. She is a sought-after speaker and has presented several memorial lectures, including international memorial lectures for Kofi Annan, John Wendell Holmes and Oliver Tambo, and the Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture.

SESSION 2

TIME

14:30 – 16:00 SA/CAT

Moderator:
Prof. Maria Barifaijo
ANIE Board Member
Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Management,
Uganda Management Institute, Uganda

PANEL DISCUSSION:
INNOVATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION INTERNATIONALISATION IN AN ERA OF COVID-19 AND BEYOND

 

Biographies:

Professor Ylva Rodny-Gumede is the Head of the Division for Internationalisation and a Professor in the School of Communication at the University of Johannesburg. She is also a Senior Associate Researcher with the Stanhope Centre for International Communications Policy Research at the London School of Economics. She holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University as well as an MA degree in Politics from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and an MA in Journalism from Cardiff University in the U.K.

Professor Rodny-Gumede has worked in journalism, marketing and PR and has consulted for several government, private and academic institutions in Europe and Southern Africa including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education. She has also worked as a researcher and project officer for the U.S. National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the SADC Parliamentary Forum.

Professor Rodny-Gumede has held fellowships at Universities in South Africa and abroad, and she is actively involved in teaching and learning development including broader curriculum development initiatives at institutional, national and international level, most recently through the Teaching Advancement at Universities (TAU) fellowship. She is a member of the University of Johannesburg Senate and has served on several Senate as well as faculty Committees. She holds a C 3 rating from the South African National Research Foundation (NRF).

81-year old PAI OBANYA: Commandeur de l’Ordre National de Lion of the Republic of Senegal, International Education Strategist, known as the Grand Sage of Education in Africa, named by ADEA in 2013 as Outstanding Mentor of Educational Researchers in Africa, Fellow of the Curriculum Organisation of Nigeria (FCON), the Nigerian Academy of Education (FNAE), and the Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM), author of some 290 publications on various aspects of Education, Retired Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Education in Africa, and a past Chairman of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC),designer of Nigeria’s Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme, is Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Education, University of Ibadan-Nigeria

Adebola Omowunmi Oyedeji holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is currently a Professor at Walter Sisulu University, Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences, NMD Campus, Eastern Cape, South Africa. She teaches organic chemistry at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and led a vibrant natural product research group with over 10 M and D students. Her work hinges on natural products chemistry with special interest in finding the medicinal values of terpenoids class of compounds in medicinal plants.  Most of her work has been on inaugurating the link between chemistry and the ethnomedicinal claim of the plant being used in traditional medicine and cosmetic. She has been able to establish the connexion between types of terpenoids in plants to their uses in traditional medicine. She has isolates several compounds, some of which were further derivatized and evaluated for their potency as anticancer (breast cancer), anti-inflammatory, anti-gonorrhoea, antibacterial to mention a few. She continues to study the South African essential oil bearing plants in order to establish the various chemotypes for commercialization.

She has built a multidiscdinplinary research team of physiologist, medical microbiologist, clinicians, agriceconomist, pharmacist, biochemist and marine biologist.  She has been involved with numerous multidisciplinary collaboration within and outside Africa, which has produced Masters and PhD graduated in diverse field that meets work place demand and society needs. She is a C3 NRF rated scientist and has over 110 SAPSE published articles and has successfully supervised 4PhDs, 6MSc and over 10Hons students in the last 4 years.

Prof Oyedeji is a recipient of some awards such as

  • DAAD for doctoral student exchange (1997)
  • TWAS Postdoctoral fellowship award (2003)
  • NRF South Africa Postdoctoral award (2003-2004)
  • University of Zululand Research Roll of Honor (2008)
  • National Research Foundation Rated Scientist (2010-2015 and 2016-2012)
  • WSU Established Female Researcher (2017)
  • WSU Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Research (2017)
  • WSU Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award in Community Engagement based on my professional /discipline based service, international partnerships and engagement through research and scholarship (2019)
  • WSU Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award in International research partnership (2019)
  • WSU Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award on Innovation

She has successfully mentored several colleagues towards NRF rating applications, Thuthuka, IKS and student freestanding grant proposal applications.  She is a fellow of Chemical Society of Nigeria and a Professional Natural Scientists of South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions, Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS), Indigenous Plant Use Forum, South Africa, South African Chemical Institution (SACI) and Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). She is also an affiliated member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

Nathan Oyori Ogechi holds a PhD in African Linguistics from the University of Hamburg, Germany. He also holds Bachelor of Education (Arts) and Master of Philosophy (Kiswahili Studies) from Moi University, Kenya. His research interests include: language education, language and culture, language contact phenomena, publishing, ethnosemantics, linguistic human rights, language and HIV/Aids, language and identity, language and new communication technologies. He has been teaching at the university for over 26 years and is presently a professor of Moi University, Kenya, where also serves as a Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Student Affairs.

SESSION 3

TIME

13:00 – 14:30 SA/CAT

Moderator:
Mr Umesh Bawa
IEASA Management Council member
Director: International Relations Office,
University of Western Cape, South Africa

 

PANEL DISCUSSION:
RESILIENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION INTERNATIONALISATION IN AN ERA OF COVID-19 AND BEYOND

Biographies:

Yusuf Sayed is the Professor of International Education and Development Policy at the University of Sussex and the South African Research Chair in Teacher Education, and the Founding Director of the Centre for International Teacher Education (CITE), at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa. Previously Yusuf was Senior Policy Analyst at the EFA Global Monitoring Report, UNESCO, Team Leader for Education and Skills, the Department for International Development UK, and Head of Department of Comparative Education at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Yusuf is an international education and development policy specialist. His research focuses on education policy formulation and implementation as it relates to concerns of equity, social justice, and transformation. He has published extensively on education quality and teacher education, exclusion and inclusion; education governance; private education and public-private partnerships in education; equity, social justice and social cohesion in education. He has recently completed an ESRC/DFID funded project “Engaging teachers in peacebuilding in post conflict contexts: evaluating education interventions in Rwanda and South Africa. He is currently engaged in several large-scale studies about teacher professionalism, teacher education and continuing professional developmet.in South Africa and globally including an EU funded study ‘Safe and quality education for girls and boys in displacement situations in Ethiopia and Somalia’.

Dr Hester Klopper is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Vice-President) for Strategy and Internationalisation at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, where she is responsible for overall institutional strategy, the institutional research and planning, business intelligence and information governance, corporate communication, marketing and student recruitment, and the international strategy and – relations. In addition, she is a Professor in the Department of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. In her academic capacity she has supervised 50+ Master and 35+ PhD students; published 80+ peer-reviewed articles; and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal IJANS.

Internationalisation and Global health has become a focus area of her work over the past decade, and through her visionary leadership, the Global Advisory Panel on the future of Nursing and Midwifery (GAPFON) was established. She has served as Chairperson of GAPFON for 2017-2019. She serves as Director on the following boards: Consortium for Universities in Global Health (CUGH) (2018-2021), the APO Accreditation Body Council (Japan), Venice International University and the Global Alliance for Universities in Climate (GAUC). Hester is to date the only South African inducted into the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), is a Fellow of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and inducted into the International Hall of Fame for Research Excellence in 2016. Also in 2016, a Doctorate (Honoris Causa) from Oxford Brookes University was conferred recognising her contribution to health science education and research globally. In country, she is a Fellow of the Academy of Science (ASSAf), a member of the South African Academy for Science and Art, member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa (IODSA) and Fellow of the Academy of Nursing of South Africa (FANSA).

Prof (Mrs.) Rosemond Boohene is an Associate Professor of Enterprise Development at the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Small Enterprise Development, University of Cape Coast. She was the former; Head of Department of Management Studies, Vice Dean of the School of Business, Dean for International Education, University of Cape Coast and Visiting Professor at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Prof. Boohene has served as a reviewer and presented at conferences and published articles and book chapters in both local and international journals. She has 23 years’ experience in enterprise development and higher education management and has managed projects for the EXIM Bank Ghana, Rainforest Alliance, Association of African Universities, European Union (EU), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the United Nations Office of Programmes and Services (UNOPS) on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Development and Entrepreneurship. She also led a team to establish the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Small Enterprise Development, the University of Cape Coast Business incubator and the rolling out of a University wide entrepreneurship course which aimed at developing the entrepreneurial mindsets and skills of students, graduates and the community.

Champaklal Chhaganlal Jinabhai, RESEARCH PROFESSOR & CONSULTANT

B Sc -University of Durban-Westville, 1997 (UDW)

Mb ChB – University of Cape Town, 1976 (UCT)

M Med (CM) – University of Natal, 1981 (UN / UKZN)

FFCH (CM) – College of Medicine, 1982 South Africa (CMSA)

DOH – University of Witwatersrand (UWITS)

MD (PhD equivalent) – University of Natal, 2001 Durban (UN /UKZN)

ACADEMIC, TRAINING, RESEARCH & SERVICE PROFILE

Over the last four decades (1978 – 2018), I have worked with national and international agencies in developing and implementing education, training and research programmes in Public Health; supervised several masters & doctoral candidates and successfully managed over a dozen international donor grants and projects in Health Systems Strengthening. In 1994 I was appointed as Head of the Department of Community Health / Public Health Medicine, and was promoted to full Professor and Chief Specialist from 1997 until 2012. Currently holding Research / Adjunct appointments at DUT and UFH.

During that period, I established a large academic, education & training, research and consultancy programme. During my three terms as the Africa Councillor for the International Epidemiological Association (IEA), I coordinated several epidemiological training programmes in Africa. Since 2001 I have served on the Higher Education Quality Committee of the South African Quality Authority (SAQA) as a Facilitator. I have been involved in accreditation and review of academic programmes in Africa, India, UK and Brazil for the last 25 years.

Life member of College of Public Health Medicine, SA (CMSA).

Served as a Ministerial representative on the Academy for Health Leadership and Management.

AREA OF RESEARCH SPECIALISATION

Public health systems, epidemiology, paediatric and child health, HIV TB and infectious diseases, Non-Communicable diseases (NCD), E health and Quality Improvements in health care.

PUBLICATIONS

Peer Reviewed Journal publications = 70

Book Chapter Publications = 7

Monographs / Academic Reports = 63

POST GRADUATE SUPERVISION

Successfully supervised several cohorts of Registrars (M Med / FFPHM) in Public Health Medicine, PhD Doctoral and MPH graduates at University of Natal / UKZN and University of Fort Hare (UFH).

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH & CONSULTANCY SERVICES

Consultancy services have been undertaken for Provincial and National Department of Health, several UN agencies including UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, WHO, World Bank Institute and donor groups such as DFID & Gates Foundation.

SESSION 4

TIME

14:45 – 15:45 SA/CAT

CLOSING PLENARY

Moderator:

Dr Christoff Pauw
ANIE Board member
Programme Manager at Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study,
University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Prof. Jonathan Chuks Mba
Director of Research & Academic Planning/Coordinator of Projects, Association of African Universities, Ghana

Dr. James Otieno Jowi
Principal Education Officer,
East African Community, Tanzania

CONCLUDING REMARKS

Ms Amy Fishburn
ANIE Vice Chairperson
Director of the Office of International Programmes,
Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco

Mr Wiseman Jack
IEASA Deputy President and Executive Director Internationalisation
Vaal University of Technology, South Africa

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