Virtual collaboration and communication shaping the international postgraduate experience

03 September 2020 | Video editing X CON Films.


On 24 August 2020, the University of Cape Town (UCT) hosted a challenging conversation focused on undergraduate mobility. This event was the fourth in a series entitled Unleashing the new global university.

The shift to a new virtual way of connecting and collaborating has demanded a much-needed rethink of postgraduate international mobility. In this Challenging Conversation, we ask whether this new virtual reality grants more equitable and inclusive access to the international experience, especially for those who have traditionally lacked such opportunity.


  • Mamokgethi Phakeng, vice-chancellor, UCT


  • Sue Harrison, professor and deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation, University of Cape Town, South Africa


  • Daya Reddy, South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics, University of Cape Town, president of the International Science Council
  • Ernest Aryeetey, Secretary-General of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA)
  • Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha-Chipungu, NRF-rated researcher, DST/NRF/SACN South African Research Chairs Initiative Chair in Inclusive Cities, Academic leader for town planning and housing disciplines in the School of the Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Terence McMaster, Director of the Graduate School, Associate Professor of the School of Physics, University of Bristol.


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