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The Draft Policy for Internationalisation of Higher Education in South Africa Workshop, August 2018

By Orla Quinlan, Xhanti Mhlambiso and Meekness Lunga

The Draft Policy Framework for the Internationalisation of Higher Education in South Africa was discussed at a full day IEASA workshop in the Royal Elephant Hotel in Pretoria, August 22nd, 2018.

The keynote to the workshop was presented by the DHET’s Chief Director of University Education Policy and Development, Mr Mahlubi Mabizela, who confirmed that the Draft Policy Framework was undergoing various processes of approval within the Presidency.

As emphasised by Mr Mabizela, internationalisation refers to the deliberate integration of international, global and/or intercultural dimensions into the formal or informal delivery of Higher Education. Internationalisation has not been pursued as a formal national imperative in South Africa. Some South African universities have independently, actively and successfully pursued the agenda of Internationalisation.

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