With Covid-19 disrupting the internationalisation agenda, we had to think off the cuff and create a sustainable internationalisation agenda. One of the greatest pillars in developing this programme has been a programme funded by the “Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies“ (DIES) programme. DIES is jointly coordinated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for which I am one of the 30 fellows chosen from 110 applicants in 2021. Being a DIES-DAAD fellow has broadened my insight on how to engage globally and develop programmes which will be future-proof in the event of any threats to the internationalisation agenda. I present here a few of our programmes and they are growing exponentially”. Mbali Mkhize, senior director, Marketing & Communications
Internationalisation at Home (IaH)
Owing to Covid-19, MUT has developed several programmes that ensure that the internationalisation agenda is not compromised. Webinars involving universities from the global south have taken place and included huge participation of our partners with students attending in vast numbers.
Selected topics have included:
- Are the marginalised indigenous peoples of Africa downtrodden, or has the agenda changed? Botswana Open University (BOU)
- If we need to Africanise our school curriculum, what are the driving forces to help us? A thought leadership position by Prof Jane Iloanya, Botho University, Botswana
- Decolonising the curriculum from a didactic perspective. Professor Marcus Ramogale, acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Mangosuthu University of Technology
- Voices of the students from the global south: Students sharing their cultures to enhance intercultural communication.
Collaborations –Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE)
- This initiative is a collaborative, knowledge management platform which:
- highlights and promotes research between municipalities and tertiary institutions;
- promotes relationships and collaboration between municipalities, agencies and networks; and
- provides a unique knowledge management space for practitioners to engage with others in the Southern African region.
Collaborations – Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Prof Theophilus Davies has just received equipment to the tune of €20,000 for the purchase of fieldwork equipment for the prosecution of my proposed Faculty research projects DAAD: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst-Germany Exchange Service Mbali Mkhize is currently a fellow with Leibniz Universität Hannover-Germany focusing on the internationalisation of universities.
This support has been instrumental in the internationalisation of MUT.
Collaborations – Joint Project Climate Protection and Air Pollution Control
Qualification Measure at MUT
Objectives: Consortium of a German specialist and a South African engineering company in the field of sustainable energies commits to improving the capacities of local experts in the field of climate protection and air pollution control.
Project partner: Consortium of efa Leipzig GmbH & Siyacanda Energy (Pty) Ltd.
Implementation partner: Mangosuthu University Durban
Co-sponsor: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Duration of project: Dec 01, 2021 till Nov 30, 2024.
Collaborations – Collaborative Online International Learning (w.i.p.)
- Marketing (Post-Graduate Diploma)
- Communication (2/3)
- Human Resources (Post-Graduate Diploma)
- Chemical Engineering
- Information & Communication Technology (Advanced Diploma)