MUT to host the second edition of its International Week

Foreground, MUT Acting VC and Principal; background are Professor Hal Walker, and his wife, Dr Bettye Walker, from the USA, were part of last year’s International Week

The second edition of the MUT International Week is here.  From Monday, 21 to Thursday, 24 November 2022, MUT will host its International Week at Durban International Convention Centre. The University will once again use the opportunity to reflect on its internationalisation journey and explore future opportunities.

Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing and Communications, explained: “The I-Week will host esteemed scholars, chief of parties, ambassadors, and professionals from the international offices across academia, government, and multi-lateral funding agencies to discuss pertinent issues in the internationalisation landscape.

Some of the issues to be discussed include: deconstructing lessons from South Africa’s Higher Education Week in France; understanding South Africa’s higher education landscape; navigating partnership challenges; laying a foundation for international study programmes;and international education opportunities. The conference is also an opportunity for participants to network with peers and funders.

Day 1 of this four-day conference includes sessions by Dr Phethiwe Matutu, Chief Executive Officer of Universities South Africa (USAf); Professor Mosa Mashabela, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN);  and Dr Aldo Stoebel, Acting Group Executive Strategy, Planning and Partnerships, and Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships at the National Research Foundation. The majority of sessions on Day 1 will focus on the role of universities in collaborating and creating partnerships to advance research and innovation.

Day 2 is dedicated to various aspects of internationalisation; including partnerships challenges and opportunities, exploring internationalisation policies, and education abroad programmes.

Entrepreneurship, internationalisation at home and collaborative international learning will be discussed on Day 3. Day 4 will focus on student opportunities in the internationalisation landscape, along with a discussion on cultural immersion for students participating in exchange programmes.

“Our programme presents a diversity of topics on internationalisation to provide as much information as possible for participants who want to branch into this exciting field,” said Mkhize. “We are expecting a larger delegation than what we had last year.”

The I-Week will also be available to join virtually. For more information, visit https://www.mut.ac.za/internationalisation/i-week/.