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Title:Globalisation and Internationalisation of Higher Education in South Africa: The Challenge of Rising Xenophobia
Author:Sichone, Owen B.
Periodical:Journal of Higher Education in Africa (ISSN 0851-7762)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:educational cooperation
foreign students
Education and Oral Traditions
Development and Technology
Inter-African Relations
Politics and Government
higher education
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43658309
Abstract:The internationalization of university education globally has coincided with the opening up of postapartheid South Africa to the world market, and the number of foreign students (along with other visitors to South Africa) has shot up rapidly since 1994. As a member of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), South Africa has an agreement (the Education Protocol) with its partners to cooperate in the area of education and training. In the absence of a similar spirit of cooperation allowing for the free movement of citizens of the SADC region, however, the wishes expressed in the Education Protocol cannot be fully realized, and many African students studying in South Africa still have to navigate long and difficult bureaucratic channels to obtain student visas and study permits. In addition, they face an increasingly hostile and xenophobic public on and off campus. Their experience will not provide them with fond memories of their student days in South Africa. This paper advocates greater freedom of movement for migrant students as a means of social upliftment and greater pan-African cooperation. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]