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September 2019

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Internationalisation – The search for a definition continues

Damtew Teferra is Professor of Higher Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and Founding Director of the International Network for Higher Education in Africa. He is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of African Higher Education. Teferra steers the Higher Education Cluster of the Africa Union’s Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA). He may be reached at teferra@ukzn.ac.za and teferra@bc.edu

 

In the earlier posting on University World News, Prof. Hans de Wit argued that “a more descriptive and normative direction to the internationalisation process” is imperative. I respectfully disagree. I argue that the narrative of the definition is neither descriptive nor normative, but rather prescriptive and curative, as it attempts to identify ostensible challenges and advances arguable measures to address them. I maintain that the definition should remain a holistic mapping of the phenomenon, not a futuristic rendering which scaffolds upon ostensibly popular appeal or benevolent desire. Read more on University World News here.

 

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