The 2014 International Forum

In the spirit of promoting cooperation in education and research between members and bridging different societies in the interest of arriving at a shared understanding of the role of higher education in development and the instrumental role that international coalitions can play in achieving this, the 7th AC21 International Forum (IF) will be held at Stellenbosch University (SU) in South Africa from 13 – 16 April 2014. The venue will be the Spier Conference Centre: located just outside of Stellenbosch.
The theme of AC21 IF 2014 namely Science for Society: Higher Education as builder of Hope will provide AC21 member institutions with a sound platform to explore how international knowledge coalitions can focus on sustainable human development.
The IF will be preceded by a meeting of the Stellenbosch International Academic Network (SIAN) from 9 – 12 April. This annual gathering brings together representative from different partner institutions (including SU’s partners elsewhere in Africa) and allows for deepening and strengthening of existing and new relationships. The SIAN meeting will focus on all modes of student mobility and will host a workshop on promoting Global Citizenship. 
By hosting the events back-to-back Stellenbosch University would like to:
  • facilitate networking across networks
  • discuss innovative approaches to creating south-south and south-south-north knowledge coalitions
  • define an action-plan to implement bilateral student mobility programmes 
We are looking forward to welcome AC21 members to participate in AC21 IF 2014 in combination with SU’s SIAN 2014 with a delegation representing management, faculty and internationalisation practitioners. More information will follow after the meetings at Tongji in October 2014.