26th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
20-23 AUGUST 2024

NAVIGATING INTERNATIONALISATION IN CHALLENGING TIMES

TITLE:
Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) Policy:
Institutional strategies and decolonial policy frameworks

As a decolonial strategy to broadly transform HE, there is a need to workshop strategic approaches to Internationalising HE. The workshop is premised on providing solutions to asymmetrical knowledge and power relations with the Global North instead of relying on the Global North to offer leadership programmes, which are the status quo. The proposed workshop aims to provide a strategic reading of the 2019 Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) – Policy Framework for the Internationalisation of Higher Education in South Africa. The rationale is to explore divergent perspectives to develop institutional and faculty-led international strategies to support institutional and continental 2030 visions of comprehensive internationalisation.

The aim is to contribute to the global competitiveness of graduates in a decolonial, interconnected, cross-border, transnational and geopolitical space. The next objective is to examine decolonial strategies for partnership development, student and staff exchanges, and the curriculum at home and abroad. Finally, new perspectives are interrogated to embrace the democratising role of virtual realities and technologies to enhance the decolonial and inclusive international agenda.

Workshop participants will be engaged in discussions with panellists focusing on strategies for inclusive, comprehensive internationalisation. Discussions will explore the concept as an objective to overcome the historical impacts of higher education in South Africa.

Space is limited to 30 participants. All participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Date:
Tuesday, 20 August 2024

Time:
08:00 – 17:00

Venue:
TBA

Target Audience:
New and emerging leadership

Cost:
IEASA Members – R2 000
Non-members – R2 500

Expected Learning Outcomes:
The workshop aims to provide a strategic reading of the 2019 Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) – Policy Framework for the Internationalisation of Higher Education in South Africa.
To explore divergent perspectives to develop institutional and faculty-led int’l strategies.
To support institutional and continental 2030 visions of comprehensive internationalisation.
To be interactive, drawing upon diverse perspectives from the presenters in understanding the policy landscape.
To explore specific institutional contexts
To locate this to the continental, regional, national and institutional imperatives to internationalise within a decolonised and VUCA agenda.

Schedule:

08:00 – 08:30Coffee and Tea
08:30 –08:45Introductions
08:45 –09:15Overview – DHET Policy
09:15 – 09:45Strategy and global readiness to internationalise institutions
09:45 – 11:00
  • Partnerships
  • Exchange
  • Internationalisation @ home
  • Internationalisation of Research
  • Transformation of the curriculum (decoloniality, future world of work, cross- border offerings)
  • Report back.
11:00 – 11:30Refreshment Break
11:30 – 13:00Institutional Scorecards
13:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:30
  • DHET – reporting templates (All)
  • Data Management (All)
  • Report back
15:30 – 16:00Refreshment Break
16:00 – 17:00Open floor discussions
Conclusion

Facilitators:
Judy Peter, Cape Peninsula University of Technology  (Chairperson)
Nonceba Mbambo-Kekane, University of Limpopo
Tracy Beckett, University of the Western Cape
Tasmeera Singh, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Dingaan Booi, Cape Peninsual University of Technology

Interactivity:
The workshop will implement an eclectic approach using diverse models listed :

  • Q&A sessions to allow participants to seek clarification and share insights with facilitators.
  • Participant-Participant Interaction:
    • Group discussions encourage participants to share experiences, ideas, and perspectives.
    • Group activities and exercises promote collaboration and teamwork among participants.
  • Small Group Discussions:
    • Break participants into smaller groups to discuss specific topics or work on activities.
    • Foster in-depth conversations and create a more intimate setting for interaction.
    • Use online platforms, chat tools, or collaborative software for virtual or hybrid workshops.
    • Facilitate real-time communication, document sharing, and collaborative activities.
  • Open Floor Discussions:
    • Allow participants to share thoughts, questions, or experiences with the group.
    • Facilitate open dialogue to encourage diverse perspectives.
  • Brainstorming Sessions:
    • Conduct brainstorming sessions to generate creative ideas.
    • Encourage a free flow of ideas without immediate evaluation.
    • Fishbowl Technique:
      • Create an inner circle of participants discussing a topic while others observe.
      • Rotate participants in and out of the discussion to promote diverse perspectives.

Materials:
Participants are requested to familiarise themselves with the 2019 Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) – Policy Framework for the Internationalisation of Higher Education in South Africa.
Policy documents on internationalisation from their home institutions

Judy Peter

Judy Peter

Professor Judy Peter is an art historian, curator, and Director – Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She has published and presented in the areas of gender studies, post-colonial studies and cultural studies both nationally and internationally.

Nonceba Mbambo-Kekana

Prof Nonceba Mbambo-Kekana is the Director of International Affairs at the University of Limpopo, South Africa. She is responsible for internationalisation policy and strategy of the university. Her interest in internationalisation is leadership and development of meaningful partnerships. Prior to joining the Office of International Affairs she was the Executive Dean of Health Sciences.

Ms Tracy G. Beckett

Manager of International Relations
Tracy Beckett is a senior executive with more than twenty years’ experience in education management and administration across multiple education enterprise divisions and private, public and NGO/NPO business sectors in the United Kingdom, South Africa and the USA.

Dr Tasmeera Singh

Manager International Relations
Tasmeera Singh, PhD, is an international higher education specialist with over 22 years of experience in the field. She is currently employed at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology as the Manager: of International Relations.  Before her appointment at CPUT, she was at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, as the Principal International Advisor. 

Dingaan Booi

Mr. Dingaan Booi is a dynamic Higher Education Internationalisation Practitioner, poised to facilitate transformative discourse. With experience and a commitment to fostering global connections, Mr. Booi serves as the International Relations Officer in the Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships Directorate at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

TITLE:
Immigration Support for inbound students, PDRFs, staff and Distinguished Visiting Professors -
Learnings from the University of Johannesburg

First half of the workshop will cover immigration regulations, visas for university/academic activities and responsibilities of universities to the immigration regulations (giving meaning to the Registrar’s undertaking).
The second half will be a “how-to” guide. We will cover processes at the Universities of Johannesburg to give effect to the immigration regulations and the registrar’s undertaking in creating compliance for all categories of international students, staff, PDRFs and Distinguished Professors.

Space is limited to 30 participants. All participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Date:
Tuesday, 20 August 2024

Time:
08:00 – 14:00

Venue:
TBA

Target Audience:
Immigration support officers, managers of student services, registrar’s staff

Cost:
IEASA Members – R1 000
Non-members – R1 250

Expected Learning Outcomes:
Understanding of the Immigration Regulations
Learn which visas may be used for academic purposes
Understand the Universities’ responsibilities to the Immigration Regulations

Schedule:

08:00 – 08:15Coffee and Tea
08:15 – 08:20Welcome and Introductions
08:20 – 08:25Setting the scene
08:25 – 08:50Understanding the Immigration regulations
08:50 – 09:15Visas for university/academic activities
09:15 – 10:00Universities’ responsibilities to the immigration regulations (giving effect to the Registrar’s undertaking)
10:00 – 11:00

Managing Immigration Compliance at UJ

  • Students
11:00 – 11:30Tea Break
11:30 – 12:00

Managing Immigration Compliance at UJ

  • Staff
12:00 – 12:30

Managing Immigration Compliance at UJ

  • PDRFs and Distinguished Professors
12:30 – 12:45Summary
12:45 – 13:00Closure
13:00 – 14:00Lunch

Facilitators:
Lebethe Malefo, University of Johannesburg
Shantelle Sass, University of Johannesburg
Ziyanda Sam, University of Johannesburg

Interactivity:
Participants will interact with the facilitator and each other face to face and by participating in activities

Materials:
Presentation, Articles and Case studies, booklet, activities material

Lebethe D. Malefo

Lebethe Malefo joined the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in 2012 in the capacity of Director: Study Abroad and International Student Services. He joined UJ from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits), where he had been Acting Head, Deputy Head and Manager of International Partnerships and Collaborations in the Wits International Office (WIO). He has also been Coordinator of Mobility Programmes and Administrator in the Africa Office of the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Shantelle Sass

Shantelle Sass joined the Rand Afrikaans University’s (RAU) Division for International Relations in 2002 where she was responsible for international students’ application enquiries, immigration, and registration.

Ziyanda Sam

Ms Ziyanda Sam joined the Division for Global Engagement in the Study Abroad and International Student Services section at the University of Johannesburg in January 2017 in the capacity of Secretary to the Director. 

TITLE:
Grant and proposal writing to support the internationalisation agenda

Grant and proposal writing are important skills within the higher education sector. These skills enable organisations and individuals to access funding. Such funding is often crucial to explore new and innovative ways of doing. Access to grants can also contribute to the long-term financial sustainability of organisations and projects.

The skills and knowledge associated with grant and proposal writing also address professional areas such as strategic communication, project management, communication and grant management.

In this workshop, the facilitators will use case studies and examples to complement the theory of grant writing. In addition, participants will practice practical components of grant writing and take the first steps towards crafting a grant proposal using the various components of grant writing including design and budgeting.

The workshop will use practical examples and in particular focus on funding channels of the European Union as mechanisms to support internationalization.

Space is limited to 30 participants. All participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Date:
Tuesday, 20 August 2024

Time:
08:00 – 14:00

Venue:
TBA

Target Audience:
The workshop is relevant to anyone interested in developing a strong understanding of grant writing. Level: beginner to intermediate

Cost:
IEASA Members – R1 000
Non-members – R 1250

Expected Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Have a better understanding of the funding landscape
  • Have the tools to scope and identify the funders that suit their needs
  • Have the skills to construct a grant proposal

Schedule:

08:00 – 08:15Coffee and Tea / Registration
08:15 – 08:30Who is in the room?
08:30 – 08:45Understanding expectations
08:45 – 09:30Understanding the funding landscape
09:30 – 11:00Group session
11:00 – 11:30Tea Break
11:30 – 12:45

Work session: Creating grant components

12:45 – 13:00Final take aways
13:00 – 14:00Lunch

Facilitators:
Huba Boshoff (Coordinator), The KnowledgeCollab
Wiseman Jack, Consultant
Divinia Jithoo, Durban University of Technology

Interactivity:
Participants will work in smaller groups as well individually on practically crafting a grant proposal
Facilitators will engage with each small group to ensure attention to detail

Materials:
Participants will receive a set of notes and templates.

Huba Boshoff

Huba Boshoff has built a career in the higher education sector. In the past two decades she has worked in the field of student development, programme development and accreditation, quality assurance and internationalisation. Huba’s previous professional roles include being the Manager of the Center for Partnerships and Internationalisation at Stellenbosch University where her portfolio included partnership management, strategy development and information management. She has also worked intensively on student development establishing the Unit for Multiculturalism (also at Stellenbosch University), reviewing student leadership structures and support mechanisms and crafting interventions that engage students both inside and outside the classroom.

Wiseman Jack

Wiseman Jack

Wiseman Jack currently serves as an Independent Consultant in the internationalisation of Higher Education. He also serves as a Specialist in External Engagement and Outreach, Directorate of International Education and Partnership at Durban University of Technology (DUT). Prior to current assignments he was served as an Executive Director for International Relations and Advancement at Vaal University of Technology from 2011 to 2021.

Divinia Jithoo

Ms Divinia Jithoo is a Specialist in International Education at the International Education and Partnerships Office at the Durban University of Technology. She has gained extensive experience in higher education internationalisation.

TITLE:
Empowering Refugees: Strategies for Qualification Recognition

The issue of refugees and asylum seekers in sub-Saharan Africa remains a critical global concern. With the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reporting that this region hosts over 26% of the world’s refugees, there’s an urgent need for action. Responding to this challenge, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the World Education Services (WES) have joined forces on a pioneering pilot project. This initiative aims to recognize the qualifications of eligible refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa, particularly those facing documentation gaps.

Space is limited to 30 participants. All participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Date:
Tuesday, 20 August 2024

Time:
13:00 – 17:30

Venue:
TBA

Target Audience:
HEIs, Quality Assurance Bodies, Professional Bodies and others

Cost:
IEASA Members – R1 000
Non-members – R 1250

Expected Learning Outcomes:
Will provide a unique platform for stakeholders to collaborate, share knowledge, and devise practical solutions for recognizing the qualifications of refugees and asylum seekers.
By leveraging the expertise of WES, SAQA, and workshop participants, we can pave the way for greater inclusivity and empowerment.

This half-day workshop provides a unique platform for stakeholders to collaborate, share knowledge, and devise practical solutions for recognizing the qualifications of refugees and asylum seekers. By leveraging the expertise of WES, SAQA, and workshop participants, we can pave the way for greater inclusivity and empowerment.

Schedule:

13:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 14:15Welcome and Introduction of workshop participants
14:15 – 14:30

Introduction and overview:

  • Setting the Context: Refugee Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Rationale for the WES/SAQA Pilot Project
14:30 – 15:00

Credential Evaluation Challenges:

  • Identifying Common Obstacles in Evaluating Refugee Qualifications
  • Strategies for Overcoming Verification Hurdles
15:00 – 15:30

Regulatory Landscape:

  • Understanding Legal and Regulatory Frameworks
  • Navigating Bureaucratic Processes to Streamline Recognition Procedures
15:30 – 16:00Refreshment Break
16:00 – 16:15

WES/SAQA Pilot Project:

  • Overview of Project Objectives, Methodologies, and Outcomes
  • Sharing Key Findings and Insights
16:15 – 17:00

Hands-on exercise:

  • Interactive Session: Participants Conduct Mock Interviews with Refugees to Assess Qualifications
17:00 – 17:30

Q&A and Discussion:

  • Open Forum for Participants to Ask Questions, Share Experiences, and Discuss Potential Solutions

Facilitators:
Navin Vasudev, South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) 
Beka Tavartkiladze, World Education Services (WES)
Kim Snyders, South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

Interactivity:
This will be an interactive workshop with demonstration of using evaluation methodologies targeting refugees and asylum seekers

Materials:
Presentation, toolkits

Navin Vasudev

Navin is an international development professional with over 20 years’ experience in programme development and management in the livelihoods, health, gender, education, forestry and social development sectors. His experience spans working in countries in Southern and West Africa, South Asia, and North America.

Beka Tavartkiladze

With 21 years of experience in international academic credential evaluation, Beka has a deep knowledge of international education systems and the recognition of international academic credentials. He frequently presents on the education systems of countries around the world and the issues surrounding the recognition of international qualifications at national and international conferences and workshops.

Kim Snyders

Ms Kim Snyders is the Manager: Ratification of Foreign Qualifications at SAQA. She started working as a credential evaluator within the evaluation of foreign qualifications unit in 2006 with specific focus on SADC countries, as well as the UK, USA, and Australia.

TITLE:
Data-driven strategies to grow international student recruitment in South Africa

During this workshop, we will encourage institutions to further their data-driven approach to international recruitment by exploring the latest trends in student interest in South Africa. We will engage experts and use a roundtable format to discuss the challenges and opportunities for South African institutions and subsequently identify best practices.

We will share the latest data informed by Studyportals’ 50 million student-users annually. 2023 saw student interest in South Africa return to pre-pandemic levels, and 2024 is shaping to be a record year with student interest coming from numerous regions including Asia, Europe, and North America. The workshop will connect these overall student trends to actionable strategies that participants can implement at their institutions.

Space is limited to 30 participants. All participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Date:
Tuesday, 20 August 2024

Time:
13:00 – 18:00

Venue:
TBA

Target Audience:
Staff from the following departments:
Student recruitment, marketing, international office, strategic planning
Both junior and senior; those with connections to internationalisation and student recruitment

Cost:
IEASA Members – R1 000
Non-members – R1 250

Expected Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the latest data insights into student interest trends in South Africa
  2. Understand how institutions can use data to inform their international student recruitment strategies.
  3. Gain a deeper understanding of the international student persona and the decision-making factors throughout their journeys.
  4. Discern how to harness the power of the digital era to expand South Africa’s global reach and promote itself as a study destination.
  5. Discover best practices for using data plus peer insights for institutional strategies for internationalisation. To be interactive, drawing upon diverse perspectives from the presenters in understanding the policy landscape.

Schedule:

13:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 14:15Introduction
14:15 – 15:00

Session 1: Global interest trends for South Africa

In this session we will look take a deeper look at the latest data on where student interest in Africa comes from followed by a deep dive into the subject area opportunities unique to South Africa.

15:00 – 15:30

Session 2: Data-driven decision making: an institutional case study (1 hour)

Building on the insights from the first session we will look at how institutions can use the data available to support institutional growth and diversity, drawing on the experience of South African universities. 

15:30 – 16:00

Refreshment Break

16:00 – 16:30Continuation of session 2
16:30 – 17:00

Session 3: The international student journey 

Student don’t wake up the day applications open and look for a university – they have normally been thinking about this major life choice for well over a year. In this session we will share Studyportals’ research and insights to help you understand their journey and know how to get them interested in your university, and then nurture that interest so they apply and choose you out of the universities they get accepted by.

17:00 – 18:00

Session 4: Transforming your digital presence to attract more international students (1 hour)

In the final session we will focus on understanding the challenges and behaviour of international students to better engage with them digitally and finally optimising university websites, emails, and social media to build a strong online presence. 

Facilitators:
Derrik Kast, Studyportals
Damaris Clark, Studyportals
Gyles Hawkins, Studyportals

Interactivity:

  • A true workshop format that prioritizes discussion and a hands-on approach so that participants gain individualized insights about current opportunities and challenges
  • Real-time data that allows for interactive and in-depth analysis
  • SWOT analysis for institutions and comparison with global recruitment landscape
  • Expert Q&A with actual case studies from institutions

Materials:

  • Mini report on the latest South Africa student interest trends
  • Access to presentations
  • Guide to international student journey/recruitment
  • Real-time data with individualised insights for different institution types

Derrik Karst

Derrik Karst is Senior Vice President of Partnerships at Studyportals, an online platform empowering over 55 million international students each year. He advises universities on strategies and insights to grow, diversify, and enrich international student recruitment.

Damaris Clark

Damaris works as a consultant for the data analytics team at Studyportals, supporting partners within the EMEA region with all things data related. Prior to this, she worked in the student accommodation and pathway sectors. She holds a Masters degree in research and innovation in higher education, specializing in continuous improvement in student engagement.

Gyles Hawkins

Gyles Hawkins joined Studyportals two years ago as a student recruitment consultant, and now leads the team that work with universities throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.