The African Network for Internationalization of Education(ANIE)

Background
The African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE) is an independent, non-profit making, non-governmental African network committed to the advancement of high quality research, capacity building and advocacy on internationalization of higher education with prime focus on Africa. ANIE is a membership based association serving its members, their institutions and organizations, and others engaged understanding internationalization.The network aims to be the leading organization in enhancing the understanding and development of the international dimension of higher education in Africa by expanding both knowledge and building, strengthening and sustaining a cohort of competent professionals in this field. ANIE is an autonomous institution whose secretariat has been set up at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya.

6TH ANIE CONFERENCE POSTPONED

Due to the escalating impacts of Ebola in West Africa and the impacts of this on the 6th ANIE Conference, we regret to inform you that the ANIE Board has postponed the conference to a date to be announced later!

ANIE at 18th Annual IEASA Conference 20-23 August 2014

The Chairman of the Board of ANIE, Professor Chika Sehoole, together with the Executive Director Mr James Jowi attended the 18th International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) conference in Johannesburg, South Africa on 20-23rd August 2014. IEASA is one of the organisation which ANIE has signed a Memorandum of Agreement in 2012. The theme of the conference was “ The internationalisation of higher education in a world of geo-political reorganisation.

Apart from presenting a paper entitled “Mobility to South Africa: International Students’ Motivations and Aspirations” which explored rationales for international students’ choice of South Africa as their preferred destination for study purposes, he represented ANIE in a plenary panel discussion to which focused on the implications of internationalisation of of higher education in a world of geo-political reorganisation. Other panellists were representatives from the IEAA, EAII and the Brazilian Internationalisation Organisation. In his input Chika highlighted the key focus of ANIE which is to contribute to the development and understanding of internationalization of higher education in Africa through research and publication.

Africa Needs Science, Not Aid

When John F. Kennedy came to the University of Michigan to campaign for president in the fall of 1960, Africa was plagued with trade and governance challenges far more daunting than those it faces today. The young senator recognized that African nations — like other countries emerging from colonialism — were preoccupied with developing basic literacy and manpower. And so he urged students to go abroad and help them. The spirited response resulted in one of America’s greatest gifts to the world: the Peace Corps.

Next week, President Obama is convening a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington; the stated objective is “Investing in the Next Generation.” But the summit’s focus on private sector deals won’t necessarily further that goal. There is a way to make a lasting and low-cost investment in Africa’s next generation: Mr. Obama must bring education — and science and technology in particular — to the forefront of the debate about African development.

Public Lecture by Prof. Kenneth King

Prof. Kenneth King, Professor Emeritus, University of Edinburgh, UK, will present a public lecture at Moi University on 8th July 2014 at 14.00 at the Margaret Thatcher Library. The theme of the lecture is Chinas cooperation in education and training with Kenya: A different model? Prof. King was the Director of Centre for African Studies and professor of International and Comparative Education, University of Edinburgh. He taught at the University of Nairobi in the early years of his academic career and has undertaken several researches on Kenya. Prof. King is visiting Kenya to further his research on China- Africa engagements and also visit ANIE for a research project on Mapping Research in Kenya. He is accompanied in this visit by his wife Pravina and Li Jun.

Scholarships in the Graduate School of Economic and Management Sciences, Stellenbosch University

The Stellenbosch University Graduate School of Economic and Management Sciences (GEM) is accepting applications for its full-time PhD programme for 2015. Application details, procedures and forms are available at www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/economy/gem

The closing date for applications is 31 July 2014. Please circulate this advertisement to all relevant units/departments within your institutions or distribute on your organisational/network mailing lists.

Call for papers

We invite abstracts of not more than 200 words and related to the main theme and the sub themes outlined.

Theme: Internationalization and the MDGs: What has Higher Education Contributed?

Sub Themes:
• Institutional partnerships for research and societal development
• Curriculum innovations towards the achievement of the MDGs
• Gender equality in Mathematics, Science, Technology and Innovation
• Fostering global partnerships for locally relevant impact

They should be sent to sec@anienetwork.org on or before 30th June 2014.

Authors of successful abstracts will be informed by 30th May 2014.

Successful abstracts will be developed into full papers which will be co-published with the Association of African Universities (AAU) as proceedings of the conference.

Results of the IAU global survey on internationalisation released

Making the best use of internationalisation, including developing specific internationalisation strategies and activities that bring maximum benefit to institutions and systems, has become a key challenge for higher education leaders and policy makers, the world over. The International Association of Universities (IAU) has just launched the report of their 4th Global Survey, conducted in 2013, to help shed light on the best internationalisation strategies for higher education institutions. Internationalisation policy makers need to have an institutional, as well as regional, and global understanding of the following: What are the benefits of internationalisation, and what are the risks? What are the obstacles to advancing the process?

ANIE in LEMONOC Project

ANIE is part of the EU funded project on Learning Mobility with Non-Industrialized Countries (LOMONOC) whose kick-off meeting took place in Leuven, Belgium from 13-15th November 2013. The project is based on the increasing interest in learning mobility with non-industrialized countries and the need to develop a more structural, qualitative and joint approaches to organize such transnational exchange programs for HEIs. This project aims at developing best practices manual on the different items of learning mobility with non-industrialized countries, create diverse e-publications with links to validated (online) good practices, and a self-assessment tool for HEIs on an e-platform which can direct the user to the appropriate information.

Mapping Research in Kenya project

ANIE has secured funding worth £88,000 from The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) for a study on the research landscape in Kenya. ANIE is undertaking a mapping and analysis of Kenya’s social science research landscape from January 2014. The study entails both micro and macro levels of analysis. It will also identify and configure the key producers and consumers of social science research knowledge and the interactions between the different actors. It is aimed at identifying the institutions and research groups and their research priorities, out puts, funding sources and effectiveness of their research. ANIE has put together a team of five researchers from its membership and two research assistants to work in the project.