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Join South African academics, professionals and practitioners at the 21st Annual Conference of the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) to be held at the Royal Elephant Hotel and Conference venue in Centurion, Pretoria, South Africa, from 22 – 24 August 2018.

Through its conference and other activities, IEASA provides a forum for educators and administrators committed to the internationalisation of higher education. The conference provides an excellent opportunity for experienced participants to network, explore different aspects of international education, and apprise themselves of recent developments, often leading to new initiatives. It also provides the opportunity for newcomers to become involved in the community of international educators and to learn about international education practice and trends. Connect across borders with your South African and other partners to create new partnerships and revitalise existing ones to promote global learning and support the goals of internationalisation.


Engaged Universities: Comprehensive internationalisation-a dialogue between local and global realities

With nationalism on the rise globally, governments are battling with issues of civil unrest, a sharp downturn in some economies, as well as major shifts in migratory patterns, all against the unsettling backdrop of international insecurity and a potentially unsustainable planet, if we do not alter our behaviour.

In such a particularly dynamic and rapidly changing context, at both the national and international level, what is the role of a 21st century university? How do we shift from traditional, rarefied university agendas of simply being “Higher Education institutions of learning” to creating engaged, vital Higher Education institutions across the three pillars of Research, Teaching/Learning and Community Engagement? How do Higher Education institutions seek to find innovative ways to engage with broader society, and help create viable solutions to these pressing global challenges?

In South Africa, the proposed Policy Framework for Internationalisation of Higher Education in South Africa, provides a structured framework for promoting internationalisation programmes within university communities, across the existing three pillars.

Comprehensive internationalisation therefore can connect the local and global realities and provide a basis for Higher Education institutions to develop innovative solutions not just within the universities, by way of creating new knowledge, but rather by developing solutions that improve the multi-layered communities within which they operate. Universities cannot and should not be isolated from the communities in which they are located.

This raises pertinent questions:

How do Higher Education institutions address the issues confronting societies on a global scale, while staying true/committed to local imperatives, within the nexus of South Africa’s transformation? What programmes, partnerships, activities and interventions can lead to strategic, sustained, valued,  impactful and mutually beneficial engagements? Within the scope of comprehensive internationalisation, how do Higher Education institutions create safe spaces for constructive dialogue and furthermore, how do universities build strong networks to disseminate and amplify best practice?

The proposed sub-themes, all related to the internationalisation of Higher Education, are as follows:

  1. How do we best engage university communities in
  • international partnerships/collaborative ventures
  • partnerships involving local business
  • community engagement/societal impact
  • innovative best practice
  1. The role of Higher Education: locating indigenous knowledge within the global discourse.
  1. Deconstruction for Reconstruction: unpacking the Draft Policy Framework for Internationalisation of Higher Education in South Africa.
  1. Migration: global trends, local patterns and the impact on Higher Education.
  1. Millennial Voices: The International Student Association Perspective.


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Abstract Submission Form:

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The conference will take place from Wednesday, 22 August – 24 August 2018 and the programme will have a mix of workshops, plenary and parallel sessions, and special events. It will provide ample opportunities to network and explore the rich heritage of the city of Pretoria.

Workshops:    Three parallel morning workshops, each of four (4) hours duration, including a refreshment break, are planned. Workshop fees include lunch.

Workshop details to be provided upon confirmation of the themes.


Pretoria, commonly referred to as the “Purple City” becomes a burst of colour when the jacarandas are in bloom. It is the home of the Union Buildings, the Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park (just a few of the interesting sites to visit). Less than 50 kms away is the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Soweto, a sprawling township that was home to the Mandelas at the height of apartheid.


Pretoria is commonly known as the seat of government in Gauteng. The city boasts a large number of Embassies, High Commissions and foreign representatives, in and around Pretoria. It is conveniently located adjacent to the commercial hub of Johannesburg, and  has a reputation for being an academic city with three universities (Tshwane University of Technology, University of Pretoria and University of South Africa), as well as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) located in its eastern suburbs


The suburb of Centurion offers various modes of transport, the most popular being the Gautrain. A number of quaint coffee spots and convenient amenities are dotted around the suburb.


Centurion has a number of accommodation options available, with prices to suit every delegate. There are hotels and guest houses in the surrounding areas that are accessible by shuttle services offered by the respective venues, as per arrangements with the respective venue.

The delegate must list IEASA Conference 2018, as the reference. IEASA has negotiated a special rate of R 1750 with the Royal Elephant, inclusive of Bed and Breakfast.

To qualify for the negotiated rate, and to make your booking directly with the Royal Elephant, please contact Ms Charlene Saaiman via:


Alternative Accommodation in the area includes Guesthouses such as

  1. LemonJack – lemonjack.co.za
  1. InnJoy – innjoy.co.za
  1. Legacy Hotels – Centurion Lake + Protea Hotel Marriott, Centurion





Registrations are closed

Important Dates

1. Online Registration Opens 06 June
2. Early Bird Registration Closes 27 June
3. Online Registration Closes 01 August


Member In ZAR
Full Conference – Early: Before 30 June 4 500.00
Full Conference – After 30 June 4 700.00
Presenter 4 500.00
Full Conference-On site 5 000.00
Full Conference – Early: Before 30 June 4 700.00
Full Conference – After 30 June 4 900.00
On-site Registration 5 500.00
Student Registration
Full Conference – Early: Before 30 June 2 200.00
Full Conference – After 30 June 2 500.00
Daily Rate (Students) 1 500.00
Daily Rate-General (for one day only) 2 500.00
Daily Rate-ALL (Presenters) 2 000.00
Workshop Fees
Half-Day Workshops 500.00
Full Day Workshop 800.00
Social Events
Opening/Welcome Reception n/c
Closing Event 600.00


Letters of Invitation for visa application purposes will be issued only to delegates who have made full payment of all fees.


There are many activities and interesting sites in and around Pretoria, and nearby Johannesburg. Below are listed what may be considered as the favourites of many tourists:


1. Submission of Abstracts/Proposals Closes on 30 May
2. Online Registration Opens 06 June
3. Notification iro Abstract/Proposal Acceptance/Speaker Confirmation 27 June
4. Early Bird Registration Closes 27 June
5. Submission of Full Papers 31 July
6. Online Registration Closes 01 August


For conference enquiries please contact:
Ms Vinay Rajah
Tel: +27 (0) 12 430 2397
Email: conference@ieasa.studysa.org

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