|Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Thandabantu Nhlapo says that despite its global footprint, UCT still has difficulty in creating a steady outward flow of students, prompting the need for Internationalisation at Home
UCT's drive to promote internationalisation took another step forward when international and local delegates gathered for a colloquium titled Internationalisation at Home at UCT.
Organised by the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) and the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO), the meeting on 3 and 4 April increased awareness of internationalisation on campus.
About 20% of UCT students are international students, hailing from 100 countries. It is inevitable that they have an impact on the dynamics of the academic and social experience on campus, said IAPO's Caz Thomas.
But due to many factors, UCT is unable send as many exchange students abroad as it receives. The question then is what can what can be done "at home" to give students relevant international perspectives and intercultural competence.
That is where Internationalisation at Home, a process of integrating an international dimension into the research, teaching and services function in higher education, comes in.
According to deputy vice-chancellor Professor Thandabantu Nhlapo, UCT has a "decent footprint" around the world, but still has difficulty in creating a steady outward flow of students, prompting the need for Internationalisation at Home.
"We should use the fact that we have a diverse international population on our campus to the fullest extent," he said.
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