The Higher Education and Society Colloquium

Universities are often perceived by many as ivory towers disconnected from the communities and the rest of society. It can be argued that internationalisation is a bubble within the higher education ivory tower, often even further distanced from the ‘real world’.

Are we engaging, connecting and integrating with the societies we are part of? How do we break out of the bubbles and silos? How do we think differently about higher education and internationalisation and their roles in making the world a better place while being immersed and engaged with the ‘real world’ around us? How to link the local and the global in practice? How to link the academia, policy makers and society?

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Nico Jooste
Commercialisation & Commodification of Higher Education - Vol 8

Since neoliberalism came to dominate economic and development thinking in the 1980s, the mainstream thinking and planning in the higher education sector around the globe has been driven by neoliberalism. Higher education is often treated as a commodity that can be traded on the marketplace and sold to those who have money to pay for it.

Throughout the world, many higher education institutions see profits, market share and rankings as the main drivers of their management focus. Knowledge production and research have been heavily commodified and commercialised and are seen as capital and products instead of public goods. For many institutions, commercial gain is the key motivation for internationalisation, leading institutions into global expansion driven by profits. This is often at the expense of contextual relevance and quality.

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Nico Jooste
Higher Education Partnerships for the Future - Vol 7

Ten years ago when we held the first colloquium at the NMMU change was in the air. The then Vice-Chancellor, Dr Rolf Stumpf concluded his introduction to the colloquium with the following:

“I wish to say, in conclusion, that a merger is a difficult process as I pointed out earlier today and it is clear to me that we will not be able to proceed with our internationalisation activities at the same rate that we have been able to do in the pre-merger days, as we consolidate structures, strategies, establish new cultures, new approaches, but if you think there is a slight lull in our activities, it is purely and only due to the merger. Watch us. We will be back on track in a year or two from now.”

We also prophetically indicated in the Colloquium publication of the 2004 that:

“This colloquium on internationalisation is intended to be the first of a lasting engagement between higher education practitioners and other interested parties on the topic of internationalisation.”

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Nico Jooste
Benchmarking Across Borders at the NMMU - Vol 5

This, the fifth in the series of Colloquia hosted during our ‘Family Week’, is a continuation of the conversation that started in 2004. We set the scene for these debates when we indicated that: “It was envisaged that these Colloquia should recognise the fact that the internationalisation of higher education operates in a paradigm that needs a new definition to ensure the relevance of the university of the 21st century. It needs to question whether the definition that is used widely to describe higher education internationalisation, namely that it is the process of integrating an international and intercultural dimension into the teaching, research and service functions of the institution, is comprehensive enough to address the challenges of the higher education knowledge society.”

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Nico Jooste
Internationalisation and Multiculturalism - Vol 4

As the fourth reflection on Internationalisation, this year’s Colloquium focused on the important relationship between multiculturalism and internationalisation. The papers presented explored how internationalisation promotes the understanding of cultural differences, and what should be done to celebrate cultural diversity to enhance the educational process.

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Nico Jooste
Characteristics of an Internationalised University - Vol 3

As a result of the first Colloquium Series on Internationalisation in Higher Education in 2004, the Office for International Education of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University produced a publication entitled, Internationalisation of Higher Education: A Policy Framework, which contained the papers presented at the Colloquium. The Colloquium Series was established to “…debate holistically the characteristics of an internationalised higher education institution or system” (Jooste and Naude, 2005). In 2006, we continued the debate at a Colloquium entitled Characteristics of an Internationalised University, with presenters from the United States, Germany and South Africa.

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Internationalisation of Higher Education - Vol 1

We are grateful and proud to submit herewith the papers and responses of the first colloquium on Internationalisation in Higher Education held at the University of Port Elizabeth (South Africa) from 26-27 August 2004.

Our intention was to have a truly international debate on the topic. From the outset we received enthusiastic support from our colleagues in the USA, Europe, and Africa to make their respective contributions. It was decided to keep the publication in line with the style of each presentation and response.

As a first formal attempt on our part to reflect on internationalisation, we chose to focus on the broad policy frameworks shaping internationalisation on the different continents. This inevitably includes some very interesting historical perspectives on how internationalisation developed via different paths in different contexts.

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Nico Jooste