Worldwide, internationalisation is recognised as having increasing sway in academia. But what does it offer the process of transforming and revitalising higher education in the SADC region? Can it foster collaboration between institutions and build the research networks urgently needed to support indigenous knowledge production? Can it help academic institutions prosper economically and socially?
This is intended to serve as a concise planning tool to help identify best practice and the minimum level of services and activities that should be present in all institutions, as well as to provide links to the wealth of information and service providers available on the topic. The Guide will be published and distributed, along with the S&T and ICT studies, in May / June 2008.
The Leadership Dialogue Series aims to stimulate debate on key higher education issues within the region. Topics to be covered in this series arise out of debates held at the bi-annual Leadership Dialogue Workshops held for Vice-Chancellors of the SADC public universities.
SARUA drew together a number of leading experts within their fields from across the SADC region, to present and discuss their views with Vice Chancellors at a two day dialogue event titled ‘Climate Change, adaptation and Higher Education: Securing our future’ held from 21-22 October 2010 in Mauritius. The papers presented at this conference have been reproduced in full in this publication together with a ‘Framework for Action on Climate Change,’ which emerged on the second day as a result of the work of the various commissions of Vice-Chancellors and experts.
Renewed recognition and appreciation for the contribution of Higher Education to development is evident globally, as countries and multi-lateral agencies promote increasing investment in the sector. To what extent is this trend evident in Southern African countries?What are the trends in higher education investment and what are the frameworks guiding such investments?
On April 2010, the Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA) convened a leadership dialogue workshop in response to a call from the Chair of the Zimbabwe University Vice-Chancellors’ Association for regional support in rebuilding Zimbabwe’s higher education sector. All Vice-Chancellors of higher education institutions in the region, or their representatives, were invited to participate in the workshop.
It is hoped that this discussion document will stimulate much more than discussion. There is an urgent need in the region for action. The world is at last realising that higher education is a vital component of both economic and social development. We, in SADC should respond with an agenda specifically designed to transform the relationship between governments; as the chief agents of development, anduniversities; as the guardians of a country’s intellectual and cultural capital, into firm and productive allies on the road to genuine human development.