Laweh Varsity’s President Participates in Education Internationalization Confab in Kenya
President of Laweh Open University College, Prof. Goski Alabi, was among a number of reputed educationists who participated in the 9th Annual Conference of the African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE) which ended recently in Nairobi, Kenya. Prof. Alabi is also Chair of ANIE Board.
The three-day confab, from 2 – 4 October, 2019, was under the theme ‘Africa, Internationalization and the Global Context: Making it Work’ and brought together renowned researchers, practitioners, policy makers, students, university leaders and key stakeholders in higher education in Africa and beyond.
The Keynote Speaker for the Conference was Prof. Paul Tyambe Zeleza, Vice Chancellor of
United States International University (USIS), Kenya. He spoke to theme: Africa,
Internationalization and the Global Context: Making it Work.
The 9th ANIE Conference marked the completion of the first decade of ANIE’s existence. It was thus a defining period and inventory taking for the Network.
ANIE Annual Conference has become Africa’s main forum on internationalization of higher education. It debated contemporary trends in internationalization of higher education in Africa, the achievements made over the last decade, main challenges, and the implications of global internationalization of higher education in Africa.
Similarly, it was an opportune time for the Conference to reflect on the crucial role of Africa in the global higher education and research landscape. The Conference also tied in with the goals of Africa’s Agenda 2063 and CESA 2016 -2025. CESA stands for Continental Education Strategy for Africa, a strategic framework in the realization of the African Union’s vision as articulated in Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want.
Higher education institutions in Africa and their internationalization activities have a crucial role in the realization of aforementioned key blue prints that will guide Africa’s growth and development for the coming years. Against these backdrop of continental goals and aspirations, the Conference reflected on the new roles and societal expectations of higher education in Africa.
Participants deliberated on sub-themes, including Building Doctoral Capacities in Africa: The Role of Internationalization; Curriculum Reforms and Regionalization: Trends and Realities; African Centres of Excellence: Are They Making a Difference; and National and Institutional Responses to Internationalization.
Others were Internationalization and its Implications on Communities, Gender and Leadership;
Examining Racialization in the Context of Student Mobility to and From Africa; North-South
Partnerships: Making it Work for Africa; and African Students and Scholars: A Look at Intra-
Africa and Global Academic Mobility Trends.
The rest were Student Mobility in Africa: New Insights and Developments; Teaching Practices and Teacher Training for Quality Inclusive Education In Ethiopia; Internationalization and New Opportunities for Academic Co-operation and Research; and Looking into the Future – ANIE’s Next Steps
Speaking ahead of the Conference, Prof. Alabi noted that the annual conferences are an important forum through which ANIE achieves its goal of creating opportunities for African scholars to deliberate on issues concerning the international dimension of higher education and how they manifest themselves in African universities and contexts.
Prof. Alabi hoped the deliberations at the conference would assist ANIE and participants on how to make partnerships work better for African universities and societies.
“During the period of the conference, we will also have a meeting of the ANIE Board and also ANIE members. These meetings will mainly focus on strategies and new initiatives for taking the next steps in ANIEs development,” she noted.
Africa’s higher education is undergoing new developments with varied impacts on the sector. This is demonstrated by the new mobility programmes, intra-Africa collaborations and quality reforms, growth of new research and knowledge networks, regional higher education associations, and collaborative projects amongst others.
This is a wake-up call for internationalization among African universities to leverage on these developments to enable its higher education sector serve the needs of the continent as well as contribute to global knowledge exchange.