Globalisation affects different sectors of society, including institutions of higher learning. As a result and consequent to advancements in Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), the mobility of people has intensified in unprecedented ways.
In higher education, internationalisation has led to increased mobility of ideas, staff and students and also offers expanded possibilities for collaboration and global dissemination of knowledge.
Dr Carolyn Medel-Anonuevo, the Senior Education Specialist at the UNESCO Regional Office for southern Africa, took part in a public dialogue during the celebrations.
Medel-Anonuevo gave a presentation that addressed the quality of higher education highlighting that education systems should be re-shaped to ensure that young people are trained and retrained to meet the demands of modern business and public administration with specific focus on mathematics, science and technology disciplines and innovation.
”As a university, we should also be conscious of the fact that internationalisation has policy and legislative contexts. In the case of Southern Africa, the SADC Protocol on Education and Training makes specific provision for facilitating mobility of students and academics for the purpose of study, research teaching and any pursuits relating to education and training. These include reservation of at least 5% of admissions for students coming from SADC Member States,” emphasised Dr Tjama Tjivikua, the NUST Vice-Chancellor.
Other activities during the three-day event included a debate between NUST and the University of Namibia (UNAM). Furthermore an information sharing session that feautured exhibitions from the NUST International Relations Department, the British High Commission and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and an International Street Food Festival.