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Challenges of Regional Integration and its Implications for Higher Education

Motala, Enver; Nzewi, Ogochukwu; Scerri, Mario; Muchie, Mammo

Abstract:

The articles in this book were chosen to provide a conceptual framework for discussion on the question of regional integration. Although the issue is not a new one, there has been a renewed emphasis on it following the formation of the African Union (AU). More importantly for our purposes, recently there has been a strong political interest in regional co-operation in higher education. This is evident from the AU’s Harmonisation of Higher Education policy, as well as renewed donor interest in higher education.The issue of regional integration (or regionalisation as it is sometimes referred to) is thus an important one for higher education in the Southen African region to engage with. What are the implications of the political and economic models driving the region? What would be the impact on higher education of the success, or lack thereof, of political or economic regionalisation? Higher education, by its nature, is international in leaning. So what is the current focus on ’regionalisation’ requiring of higher education that would not be the case otherwise? We cannot, and do not, attempt to address these issues in this publication. Rather, the purpose of this reader is to set the background for engagement around these critical questions.

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Title of Paper: Challenges of Regional Integration and its Implications for Higher Education
Conference Location: Johannesburg, South Africa


Date:2009
Document Type:Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:Southern Africa
Keywords:Regional Collaboration, , Southern Africa, Southern African Development Community SADC, Regional Integration


File Size:1.93 MB
Rights:SARUA
Additional information:SARUA Leadership Dialogue Series – Vol 1 Number 2 2009
Date Added:03 March 2011


Motala, Enver; Nzewi, Ogochukwu; Scerri, Mario; Muchie, Mammo (2009). Challenges of Regional Integration and its Implications for Higher Education