n Journal of Educational Studies - The future of internationalisation : perspectives for South African rural-based universities

Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1680-7456



This paper explores strategies for the successful advancement of the process of internationalisation at rural-based South African Universities. Through participant observation which uses the University of Venda as a pilot; it briefly examines the present picture of internationalisation at a typical rural-based university. The main part of the paper argues that South African rural-based universities should develop strategies using their unique inherent strengths to advance the process of internationalisation. The paper further points out that the unique strengths of these universities are found in fields such as Indigenous Knowledge Systems and African languages. This strength can be tapped and marketed to attract international interest and to generate an ethical income for internationalisation, specifically through the development of relevant full degree programmes and study abroad programmes. Their role as catalysts for development through international community engagement work and use of modern pedagogic distance learning technology can be critical. The paper concludes that by utilising these strategies it will be possible to achieve a high degree of internationalisation at these rural-based universities.

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