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.

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?

6th ANIE Annual Conference

The year 2015 marks the deadline set for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It is time to take stock of the progress made since 2000 when the UN General Assembly adopted the 8 MDGs to respond to gross inequalities in human development worldwide. The attainment of the MDGs was to lead to the development of a shared future based on a common humanity and its diversity. It was already noted that it was almost impossible attaining the MDGs without the involvement of higher education. The mobilization of both internal and external resources to revitalize African universities to enable them address these challenges has therefore been an important agenda.

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.

Join ANIE Group on Internationalization at Home

During the 5th ANIE conference held in October, 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a new chapter in ANIE activities which now include Internationalization at Home (IaH). The preconference workshop held on the 2nd of October culminated into the formation of a new Special Interest Group within ANIE focused on Internationalization at home. It underpins the fact that internationalization is not just about partnerships and mobility to and from the continent as it has traditionally been viewed, but also about internationalization at home including internationalization of the curriculum, as well as emphasis on intercultural competences. Through this SIG, ANIE will work with its members on strategies to embrace internationalization in their institutions.

ANIEs Book on Internationalization and MDGs launched

ANIE has pulled out a new publication on Internationalization of African Higher Education: Towards Achieving the MDGs. The book is an outcome of a study ANIE undertook through funding from the Association of African Universities within the DFID funded MRCI project. Young scholars from different African countries participated in the project. They were mentored by Prof. Chika Sehoole, Chairman ANIE and Dr. Jane Knight of University of Toronto who were also the editors of the book. The book argues that international education and new knowledge must go beyond economic purposes and serve the human social development needs of the continent. The book responded to the little importance given to internationalization in the discourse of attaining the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).