Higher education is central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development not only as a stand-alone target (SDG4, Quality Education) but also as a cross-cutting pillar for the realisation of all 17 goals. As higher education is now being conducted on the global stage, internationalisation has become significant for fostering quality education. Led by Professor Thondhlana, the University of Nottingham Chair in International Education and development team are forging strong multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary international collaborations and engagements with academics, practitioners, civic societies and policy makers in the Global South including Africa and Asia to conduct innovative research and development projects which tackle some of the multiple overlapping global challenges of our time.
ABOUT THE CHAIR’S RESEARCH
The Chair’s work focuses on, among other key research and development areas: internationalisation and decolonisation; capacity strengthening in knowledge production and dissemination; curriculum design, teacher training and educational leadership training that facilitate a global mindset, intercultural understanding and global citizenship; understanding of local, national and global employment trends and implications for education, skills development and graduate employment; formal and informal TVET; student mobility, and the portability and recognition of qualifications across systems and industries; the role of education in the climate and public health emergencies; STEM education that takes on critical, decolonial and socio-political perspectives; comparative and international education; migration and refugee education.
The Chairholder, Juliet, has been involved in multiple IHE projects focused on education and development, such as,
1) internationalisation of higher education Policy Development and implementation She has supported the development of a national IHE policy for Zimbabwe to guide universities’ internationalisation initiatives and processes. She is also supporting the development and implementation of internationalisation of higher education strategy at Erbil Polytechnic University in Kurdistan, Iraq. Further, she is lead editor of the ground-breaking Bloomsbury Handbook of the Internationalization of Higher Education in the Global South which brings together Global South and Global North editors and contributors.
2) capacity strengthening in knowledge production and dissemination She has co-organised and run a British Academy sponsored writing workshop “Writing for Sustainable Development: Towards strengthening African grant and research writing for publication” intended to develop grant writing and impact publication capacities of early career researchers in African universities in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
3) Capacity strengthening in doctoral training She has supported the development of a national doctoral training policy framework to guide doctoral training in Zimbabwe.