Edition 211 - November 2018

IMPALA final conference in Cape Town

On 9-10 November the Conference on Global Engagement in Higher Education: South African and European Perspectives, thefinal conference of the IMPALA project, took place in Cape Town, marking the closure of this three-year capacity building project. The conference gathered representatives of the project consortium from Europe and South Africa, the IMPALA community of practice developed in the course of the project and the wider community in South Africa engaged in promoting and strengthening international cooperation in higher education. 

The first day of the event was open for the wider audience and all interested stakeholders from Europe and South Africa. The wide range of topics addressed on the first day included opportunities and challenges of higher education internationalisation in South Africa and Europe, ways of becoming a globally engaged university, building networks and strategic partnerships, internationalisation and decolonisation, and many other pertinent questions in the South African higher education landscape. The second day of the IMPALA conference was a closed event, only for IMPALA partner institutions. During this day, all staff members that were involved in project activities and who developed materials came together to discuss further in depth the results achieved during the project. Five training sessions were held, one for each working group. The one on Internationalisation Strategies, of which ACA was part, was coordinated by Anders Ahlstrand of ACA’s member organisation Swedish Council for Higher Education, and by Cornelius Hagenmeier of the University of the Free State. It brought together the leadership of the four South African partner institutions to discuss the progress made through IMPALA and further improvements needed in the development of institutional internationalisation strategies. 

More information about the event programme can be found here 

More information about the IMPALA project can be found here 

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