MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME

Launch Announcement

14 April 2022

Dear IEASA Members

It is my pleasure to officially launch a new and exciting IEASA initiative – the IEASA Mentorship Programme.

The main purpose of this Programme is to help you, our members, develop supportive and mutually beneficial relationships with others working in internationalisation of higher education in South Africa. As such, the Programme aligns well with IEASA’s mission to foster the interchange of knowledge and ideas in the higher education internationalisation field.

I strongly believe that the IEASA Mentorship Programme will make a considerable contribution to strengthening the professional capacities of IEASA members, thereby advancing the development of South Africa’s public higher education sector as a whole.

Taking inspiration from an anonymous quote, which says that “A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could”, I invite you to consider participating in the Programme as a mentor or a mentee. Let us go further together!

Wiseman Jack

IEASA President, 2021-2022

Introduction and Background

The International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) is launching the IEASA Mentorship Programme in general support of the Association’s mission to foster the interchange of knowledge and ideas in the higher education internationalisation field. It is aligned with IEASA’s strategic focus on enhancing member engagement and services, which was identified as a priority in IEASA’s strategic framework for the period 2021-2025. The Mentorship Programme is expected to make a considerable contribution to strengthening the professional capacities of IEASA’s members, the majority of whom are based at public South African universities, thereby contributing to the development of the country’s public higher education sector as a whole.

Programme Overview

Purpose
The purpose of the IEASA Mentorship Programme is to help participants develop supportive and mutually beneficial relationships with others working in the field of higher education internationalisation in South Africa. In this context, mentorship is generally understood as a developmental process involving the transfer of skill or knowledge from a more experienced person (mentor) to a less experienced person (mentee). Based on a collaborative relationship between two (or more) people, it fosters learning, support and professional development. While the main focus of the mentorship is on the mentees’ professional growth and development, it is hoped that the connections made during the programme will provide the foundation for long-term professional relationships among participants.

Components
The IEASA Mentorship Programme provides IEASA members with a collaborative platform for networking and learning by matching mentors with mentees. The Programme, which is piloted in 2022, is initially offered over a five-month period and contains the following components:

  • Matching: Following a call for mentors and for mentees, respectively, participants will be matched by IEASA. Once the matching is concluded, each pair of mentors and mentees will sign an agreement.
  • Introductory Session: An introductory session will be held virtually for all participants of the programme to clarify expectations, outline the role/s of mentors and mentees and provide practical guidance.
  • Monthly Sessions: Over a period of five months, mentors and mentees will hold regular meetings, at least once a month. The programme is designed to be flexible to allow participants to determine the meeting format and frequency that best fits their specific needs and goals. At the end of the sessions, mentors and mentees provide feedback to IEASA, using relevant templates.
  • Closing Session: Once all mentors and mentees have concluded their monthly sessions, IEASA will host a closing session to debrief all participants and provide them with an opportunity to share their experiences.

Certification
Upon successful completion of the programme, mentors will receive a certificate of appreciation from IEASA, and mentees will receive a certificate of attendance.

Programme Participants

Volunteerism
Participation in the programme is strictly on a volunteer basis.

Eligibility Criteria
The programme is open to IEASA members. Individual and representatives of institutional members can participate as either mentors or mentees, and honorary members can participate as mentors only. In order to be eligible for participation as a mentor or mentee, members have to be in good standing at the time of registration or application.

Mentor/Mentee Profiles
Mentors typically are:

  • Experts in the field of higher education internationalisation;
  • University staff with considerable (10+ years) experience in higher education internationalisation, particularly in leadership and senior management roles;
  • Willing to share insights, experiences, skills and/or connections with their mentee/s.
    Mentees typically are:

    • University staff with limited experience in higher education internationalisation;
    • Invested in their professional development and eager to learn;
    • Willing to share their own knowledge and perspectives with their mentor.

Timelines

Activity Month & Year
Call for mentors April 2022
Call for mentees April / May 2022
Matching of mentors and mentees May 2022
Programme kick-off / Introductory session June 2022
Monthly meetings June – October 2022
Closing session November 2022

Are you interested in developing or strengthening your mentorship and leadership skills?

Are you:

  • An expert in the field of higher education internationalisation?
  • A university staff member with considerable (10+ years) experience in higher education internationalisation, particularly in leadership and senior management roles?
  • Willing to share your insights, experiences, skills and/or connections with a mentee?

If you have answered YES to the above questions, consider registering as a mentor for the IEASA Mentorship Programme.

To participate in the programme, please complete the registration form below and upload a short CV (max. 3 pages) by 28 April 2022.

Should you have any questions or require assistance, feel free to send an email to Dr Samia Chasi, Manager Strategic Initiatives, Partnership Development & Research: samia@ieasa.studysa.org.

We look forward to your submissions!

Applications Closed!

Please note: Final confirmation of participation is at the discretion of IEASA, pending the review of information and documentation provided as well as of mentee numbers and needs.

Disclaimer: In accordance with the legal requirements set out in the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), which came into effect on 1 July 2021, we wish to let you know that your information is securely stored and access is strictly controlled. Your personal information will be processed for the purpose of the programme only and will not be shared with external parties.

Are you interested in interacting with an experienced professional for general guidance and/or advice on specific projects, activities and goals?

Are you:

  • A university staff member with limited experience in higher education internationalisation?
  • Invested in your professional development and eager to learn?
  • Willing to share your own knowledge and perspectives with a mentor?

If you have answered YES to the above questions, consider applying for a place as a mentee in the IEASA Mentorship Programme.

To apply for participation in the programme, please complete the application form below and upload a short CV (max. 3 pages) by 20 May 2022.

Should you have any questions or require assistance, feel free to send an email to Dr Samia Chasi, Manager Strategic Initiatives, Partnership Development & Research: samia@ieasa.studysa.org.

We look forward to your submissions!

Applications closed!

Please note: Final confirmation of participation is at the discretion of IEASA, pending the review of information and documentation provided as well as confirmation of  mentoring capacity.

Disclaimer: In accordance with the legal requirements set out in the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), which came into effect on 1 July 2021, we wish to let you know that your information is securely stored and access is strictly controlled. Your personal information will be processed for the purpose of the programme only and will not be shared with external parties.