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Join South African academics, professionals and practitioners at the 20th Annual Conference of the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) at the Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani Hotel in Durban, South Africa, from 23-25 August 2017.

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.

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Advancing Internationalisation of Higher Education: Overcoming Hostility and Building Communities

Growing inequality, the increased visibility of nationalism, racism, sexism, xenophobia and anti-globalisation have strained the internationalisation agenda of higher education globally, manifesting in a flagrant disregard for human rights and human value. As many freedoms that were once taken for granted have increasingly come under threat, the world is in a heightened state of anxiety. Yet with such threats come new possibilities and opportunities to stand against initiatives that dehumanise, delegitimise and encourage closed-mindedness, the antithesis of the Higher Education agenda. How might current global trends impact on the internationalisation of higher education? How do we mitigate the risks and take advantage of the opportunities to advance internationalisation of Higher Education? If we believe internationalisation is important in peace-making, upholding human rights and cultivating globally competent graduates how can we broaden and extend our influence?

The conference will explore these contemporary issues, which emphasise the increased importance of internationalisation in Higher Education.

As academics analyse these issues plaguing the internationalisation agenda, how do internationalisation leaders, academics, practitioners and administrators preserve the work that has been done within the higher education sector, and how do we continue to advance this work in changing socio-economic and political environments globally?

The proposed sub-themes, all related to Higher Education, are as follow:

  1. The Impact of Migration and Immigration
  2. Funding and Financing International Higher Education
  3. Local and Global Community Engagement to Address Xenophobic Populism
  4. The Impact of Staff and Student Mobility on International Higher Education
  5. Ethical Leadership and Social Justice

The final determination of sub-themes will depend on the abstracts received.


View / Download The Guidance to Contributors

Click Here to submit the Abstracts Form


The conference will take place from Wednesday, 23 August – 25 August 2017 and the programme will have a mix of workshops, plenary and parallel sessions, and special events, and provide ample opportunity to network and explore the richness of the city of Durban.

The 2017 Conference Programme sees a shift from the usual practice of having pre-conference workshops on 23 August. For this year only, the workshops will take place on Friday, 25 August, with the two main conference days being 23-24 August.

  • Workshops: Three parallel morning workshops, each of five (5) hours duration, including a refreshment break, are planned. Workshops fees include lunch.

Workshop 1: The A-Z of Internationalisation Strategy Development

This workshop will use a pragmatic approach to guide you through the A-Z of developing a strategy (or plan) for internationalisation at your institution. You will be introduced to different concepts of strategy development such as setting goals and objectives, using the best direction for your institution, monitoring and evaluation, phases of strategy development and identifying stakeholders. The workshop will also provide advice and support in good practice and will address pitfalls in strategy development.

The presenters will use examples from the participants as well as international case studies to guide participants in developing a strategy or review existing strategies.

The workshop is suitable for anyone interested in the internationalisation strategy of a higher education institution.

Workshop 2: Immigration Initiatives: Facilitating Visa Applications & Compliance

Presenters from the South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and IEASA will bring you up-to-speed with recent developments and will answer your questions. IEASA’s role as the ‘agent‘ of institutions in liaising with the Department of Home Affairs in service provision to international students will be outlined.

The workshop is directed at all professionals and practitioners involved with student visa issues at institutions.

Workshop 3: Partnerships: Pathways to Building Communities

This workshop will highlight the critical role that partnerships play in creating communities of learning, fostering intercultural understanding and strengthening the core functions (teaching, learning and research endeavours) of higher education institutions. It will provide a platform for participants to share their institutional perspectives and experiences, aiming to identify best practice.


Durban (Zulu: eThekwini, from itheku meaning “bay/lagoon”) is the largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal which is the second most populous province in South Africa. Its Metropolitan Municipality ranks third among the most populous urban areas in South Africa after Johannesburg and Cape Town. It is also the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa after Johannesburg. Durban is famous for being the busiest port in South Africa. It is also seen as one of the major centres of tourism because of the city’s warm sub-tropical climate and extensive beaches. The municipality, which includes neighbouring towns, has a population of almost 3.5 million, making the combined municipality one of the biggest cities on the Indian Ocean coast of the African continent. In May 2015, Durban was officially recognised as one of the New 7 Wonders Cities.

The Annual Global Quality of Living Index by HR consulting firm Mercer has upheld Durban’s place as the South African city which offers the best quality of life. This is the third year in a row that they have received this accolade.

Durban is ethnically diverse, with a cultural richness of mixed beliefs, traditions and cuisine.

The Southern Sun Elangeni-Maharani is a landmark hotel on Durban’s North Beach, popularly known as the Golden Mile which has a well-developed promenade.


Please click here to register.

To change your details and/or for Individual membership applications click here to download

Important Dates

1. Online Registration           Opens 05 June
2. Early Bird Registration      Closes 30 June
3. Online Registration           Closes 04 August


The following fees are applicable:

Full Conference – Early: Before 30 June            R4 400.00
Full Conference – After 30 June                          R4 600.00


Full Conference – Early: Before 30 June             R4 500.00
Full Conference – After 30 June                          R4 800.00
On-site Registration                                              R5 000.00

Student Registration  
Full Conference – Early: Before 30 June             R2 200.00
Full Conference – After 30 June                          R2 500.00
Daily Rate (Students) (for one day only)              R1 500.00
Daily Rate-General (for one day only)                 R2 500.00
Daily Rate-ALL (Presenters) (for one day only)   R2 000.00

Workshop Fees  
Half-Day Workshops                                              R450.00

Social Events  

Opening/Welcome Reception (24 August)           No charge, but registration required
Closing Event: (25 August)
Tours                                                                         As per tour costs indicated
Letters of invitation for visa application purposes will be issued only to delegates who have made full payment of all fees.Payment of fees will ensure confirmation of registration. Delegates arriving at the Conference venue without proof of payment or a Purchase Order from institutions might be required to make onsite payment of any outstanding fees.


IEASA has engaged the services of Shaka Tours and Safaris in conducting guided tours on 26 and 27 August 2017. Registration may be through IEASA or directly with the Company for other preferred dates. Confirmation of tour bookings is dependent on numbers and refunds will be applicable for cancelled tours.

Tour 1:               DURBAN CITY TOUR

Afternoon:               14h00 – 17h00
Duration:                  3 Hours
Price per Person:    R 650

Depart at 14h00 from Durban and travel along Durban’s Golden Mile onto the entrance of Africa’s largest working Harbour. We then head onto the Yacht Mall along the Victoria Embankment before heading to Durban Botanical Gardens known to have one of the finest Orchid Houses in the world. Our last stop is a visit at Moses Mabhida Stadium, here you have the opportunity to take the SkyCar. It takes two minutes to reach the top of the arch. A 360’ view of Durban awaits you. See all of the city landmarks by day.

Tour 2:               VALLEY OF 1000 HILLS

Afternoon:               9h00 – 13h00
Duration:                  4 Hours
Price per Person:    R 755

Depart from Durban and travel via the suburbs of Westville, Pinetown, Kloof and Hillcrest to the Valley of 1000 Hills to “PHE-ZULU VILLAGE” for a Zulu Cultural Experience. Learn more about the traditions and beliefs of the Zulu custom. Join in with the Zulu Dancing and singing before walking through their Crocodile and Snake Park to learn more about Africa’s most feared reptile, the Crocodile.

Tour 3:               TALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Afternoon:               9h00 – 13h00
Duration:                  4 Hours
Price per Person:    R 1130

Travel West towards the Capital of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg, to Tala Private Game Reserve. Enjoy a two-hour game drive through this wildlife conservancy hidden in the hills of a quiet farming community. Tala’s mix of acacia thorn veld open grasslands and sensitive wetland provides exceptional game viewing and bird watching, setting the stage for that perfect photograph. Tala is a wildlife sanctuary spanning over 3000 hectares providing good opportunities to see over 380 birds, rhino, kudu, hippo and giraffe.

Tour 4:               DURBAN CULTURAL

Afternoon:               9h00 – 13h00
Duration:                  4 Hours
Price per Person:    R 720

INANDA, a site rich in history. The valley of Inanda is rich in meaning and is a cultural kaleidoscope. Through the bleak years of apartheid, the spirit of Inanda’s people ensured a continuity of this heritage. Tour Highlights: Inanda Route, Phoenix Settlement where one of the major leaders of the twentieth century, Mahatma Ghandi originally worked out his philosophy of passive resistance against injustice. His followers, both in South Africa and later in the Indian Struggle for independence, successfully used his strategy to win freedom from oppression. Ohlanga Institutewas the first African-run and African-funded educational institution in Southern Africa. The Institute was founded by the Rev Dr John Langalibalele Dube and first opened its doors in 1901. Dube was an educationalist, editor and also one of the founders of the ANC and its first president, Inanda Seminary School. Return to Durban at approximately 17h00.

Tour 5:               MIDLANDS MEANDER

Afternoon:               08h30 – 16h30
Duration:                  8 Hours
Price per Person:    R 1660
Included:                   R1660

Take off to the Country, to the Midlands Meander, a treasure trove of Arts and Crafts shops and dozens of captivating ports of call.   Enjoy a gentle day in the enchanting countryside of hills, woods and farmlands. Lunch stop. Return to Hotel at approximately 16h30.

Local Tours include

  • Entrance Fees
  • Transport
  • SATOUR Registered Tour Guide
  • Lunch on full day tours only
  • Light refreshments on half-day tours only

Local Tours exclude        

  • Beverages at lunchtime on full day tours
  • Gratuities of any kind

Other tours options are available on the Shaka Tours & Safaris website, at www.shakatours.com and may be booked directly with the tour company.


Submission of Abstracts/Proposals                                                                                        Closes on 15 June
Online Registration                                                                                                                  Opens 05 June
Notification iro Abstract/Proposal Acceptance/Speaker Confirmation                              30 June
Early Bird Registration                                                                                                             Closes 30 June
Submission of Full Papers 31 July Online Registration                                                        Closes 04 August


Email:               conference@ieasa.studysa.org
Tel:                  +27 (0)12 430 2401
Website:          www.ieasa.studysa.org

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