WORKSHOP 01: TRANSNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION (HE); DIVERSITY AND THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION IN A PAN AFRICAN PARADIGM
This Workshop will be offered by the University of Johannesburg, in collaboration with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and will examine issues related to the impact of transnational education on the constructs of diversity and transformation in a hyper-connected world. It will unpack and address issues around the internationalisation of Higher Education as a modern-day discourse that seeks to add constructively to existing knowledge in all spheres of national and international geopolitical and cultural spaces.
The era of Artifical Intelligence (AI) prevalent in the current HE domain simply means that education (though taught locally) is globally accessed reducing the geographical distance across the world into the virtual space. This Workshop will explore the various ways in which we reconfigure these imagined spaces? It will also examine the potential for AI within internationalisation offerings, and how it can help realise more equitable exchange and co-creation between the “global north” and “global south.”
Dystopia and Utopia
Internationalisation of the curricula
Staff and student mobility
WORKSHOP 2: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! THE INTERNATIONALISATION OF DOCTORAL STUDIES AS A RESPONSE TO THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres. At an increasing speed, new technology is disrupting almost every industry. More than any of the three previous industrial revolutions, the current digital transformation is shaped by its international/global connections. The possibilities of billions of people connected by mobile devices has transformed every aspect of society, and we are just at the beginning to understanding the consequences of breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage, and quantum computing.
This poses an enormous challenge to universities and their changing role in a knowledge- and technology-driven society. One of the responses to the global challenge of the digital transformation is the internationalization of higher education and research.
Co-presented by the Managing Director of the Graduate Academy of Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany, and a Professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, at Uppsala University, Sweden with inputs from South African participants forming part of a global team working on this topic currently.
The co-presenters in this session have vast experience in the area of capacity enhancement, with particular reference to doctoral education. They will co-host an afternoon Workshop which will continue in the same vein as the morning stream. The general objective of the session is to discuss the relationship between 4IR and the internationalisation of doctoral education.
WORKSHOP 3: DEVELOPING INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCY (TRAIN-THE- TRAINERS)
Intercultural competence refers to the skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed to improve interactions across difference, whether within a society (differences due to age, gender, religion, socio-economic status, political affiliation, ethnicity, and so on) or across borders.
This highly interactive workshop will equip and train participants in using an intercultural methodology piloted by UNESCO to develop those competencies, presenting an innovative adaptation of an ancient tradition of storytelling found in many cultures. Through engaging in this methodology, participants develop and practice key elements of intercultural competence including greater self-awareness, listening for understanding, openness, respect, reflexivity, empathy, increased awareness of others, and in the end, greater cultural humility.
A structured yet flexible methodology for developing intercultural competence in a variety of contexts, both formal and informal, that has been piloted successfully around the world by UNESCO will be adopted in this session. This methodology has proven to be effective in a range of different contexts and focused on a variety of different issues and is valuable to anyone concerned with effectively managing the growing cultural diversity within our societies to ensure inclusive and sustainable development.
This workshop will be of great interest to all who are interested in developing intercultural competence as a means to understand and appreciate difference, develop relationships with those across difference, engage in intercultural dialogue and bridge societal divides.