SIAN 2014


Institution Country
Catholic University of Louvain BELGIUM
Copperbelt University ZAMBIA
Humboldt University GERMANY
Hunan University CHINA
Kasetsart University THAILAND
Kenyatta University KENYA
Linnaeus University SWEDEN
Makerere University UGANDA
Nanjing University CHINA
Technical University of Munich GERMANY
University of  São Paulo  BRAZIL
University of Antananarivo MADAGASCAR
University of Antwerp BELGIUM
University of Ghana GHANA
University of Gothenburg SWEDEN
University of Göttingen GERMANY
University of Lausanne SWITZERLAND
University of Leipzig GERMANY
University of Minnesota USA
University of Nairobi KENYA
University of North Carolina at Charlotte USA 
University of Stuttgart GERMANY



SIAN Meeting brings international partners together


​On Tuesday 9 April, Stellenbosch University's international partner universities were welcomed by the staff of the Postgraduate & International Office at the annual Stellenbosch International Academic Networks (SIAN) Meeting. 

Close to 30 of Stellenbosch University's international partner universities were represented at the SIAN Meeting and engaged with each other and SU representatives during this 4-day networking meeting on aspects ranging from Global Citizenship and Community Engagement to international dimensions of postgraduate education.

As an annual gathering of SU's international partners, organised by the PGIO, the SIAN Meeting dates back to 2003, 10 years after the establishment of the Office for International Relations (OIR) – as the PGIO was known previously. Since the first "Family Meeting" in 2003, the OIR, Stellenbosch University and its partnerships have undergone significant transformation. "But", adds Mr Robert Kotzé, Senior Director: Postgraduate and International Office "despite the fact that we've had to change the name from 'Family Meeting' to something more academic, this evening's opening is testimony to the strong, almost familial, relationship that exists between our institutions".

In addition to celebrating existing partnerships, the SIAN Meeting also welcomed new partners or universities with whom SU will very soon undersign new agreements. A special word of welcome was offered to participants from universities on the African continent, the number of which increases annually, indicative of growing relationships on the continent. Mr Kotzé also offered a special word of welcome to Prof Raul Macado Neto, President: International Relations Office, from the Universidade de Sao Paolo, as one of Stellenbosch University's newest academic partners.

Prof Russel Botman, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University shared his words of welcome and vision on student mobility with the partners, in absentia through a speech delivered by Mr Kotzé on his behalf. He mentioned that spanning the globe, SU enjoys more than 145 academic partnerships and through these partnerships SU has experienced academic development, but also encountered some challenges: foreign tuition fees, travel restrictions, and sometimes academic constraints at institutions. These challenges remain to be solved.

He also shared his view on the world of the 'new global student,' noting that today, many borders are fading, be they geopolitical, socio-cultural or inter-generational and that knowledge flows easier and more efficiently through the developments in ICT; testimony to this being the growth of virtual learning channels and techniques around the world. Prof Botman advised that as universities we must heed new developments that boost our international student mobility. Citing the example of the glocal classroom conference hosted by SU during March 2014, which is an initiative in which four universities on four continents are striving to transform education through technological innovation, he underlined the importance of ICT in international student mobility

"Last month we hosted the first Glocal classroom conference in SU [involving] Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Guelph University in Canada, Malmö University in Sweden and Flinders University in Australia. We conducted the whole two-day meeting as a video conference using Google's Hangouts on Air technology. This demonstrated the power of ICT to literally bring us together, which is one of the main aims of student mobility."

​Two related networks, Hope@Africa and Hope International serve as examples of a new kind of international collaboration in higher education: partnerships for collective impact. Collective impact, according to Prof Botman, means going "beyond bilateral even multilateral relations, taking internationalisation to a higher level", a topic which he will discuss at the forthcoming AC21 International Forum.

This year's SIAN Meeting was hosted just before the AC21 International Forum, a conference hosted this year by Stellenbosch University as one of the partners of this prestigious international academic consortium. Universities from Japan, China, Thailand, USA, France, Germany and Australia will be participants in the AC21 International Forum, themed "Science for Society: Higher Education as Builder of Hope."

Highlights of the 4-day SIAN Meeting included the International Mobility Fair (10 April), International Food Evening (10 April), interactions with SU representatives and excursions to local wine farms and Amazink! Township Restaurant and Theatre.


9 - 13 April 2014


Wednesday 9 April 2014



Shuttles from guesthouses to campus



Campus Tour: meet on bridge above Library on campus

18:00 – 18:45

Welcome! Welkom! Wamkelekile!



Welcome by the Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Russel Botman

19:00 – 21:00

Dinner with PGIO staff, Wilcocks Building, c/o Victoria & Ryneveld Streets



Shuttles to guesthouses

Thursday, 10 April 2014



Shuttles from guesthouses to Neelsie Student Centre

09:00 – 10:00

Table set-up

10:00 – 14:00

International Student Mobility Fair, Neelsie Student Centre



Shuttles from Neelsie student Centre to guesthouses



Shuttles from guesthouses



Optional visit to Student Accommodation and/or individual appointments



Shuttles from guesthouses to Academia Hall

18:30 -21:00

International Food Evening, Academia Hall, Academia Residence



Shuttles from Academia Hall to guesthouses

Friday, 11 April 2014




Shuttles from guesthouses to Devon Valley Hotel

Workshop theme:

Build your global connections


Developing global citizenship through academic and non-academic






Contextualisation and introduction, Ms Huba Boshoff, Exhange Coordinator

09:15 -


Global Citizenship short course Phase II



Prof Wolfgang Holtkamp and Huba Boshoff

10:00 -


SU/Linnaeus Sport Science Programme



Dr Heinrich Grobbelaar, Magdalena Nordfeldt, Jan Willem van der Westhuizen

10:45 - 11:15


11:15 – 11:45

Summary and discussion including student input from each programme



Facilitated by Ms Huba Boshoff

11:50 – 12:40

Global citizenship through community engagement – looking into the






Mr Grant Demas, Community Engagement and Support Services

12:45 – 13:45



14:00 – 16:00

International Dimensions of Postgraduate Education at Stellenbosch



14:00 – 14:30

International joint and double degrees


Jan Botha, Senior Director: Institutional Research and Planning at SU, and chairperson of the task team of the DHET responsible for the development of a national policy on international joint masters and doctoral degrees

14:30 – 15:00

A cohort model for doctoral education


Dr Cindy Lee Steenekamp: Director,Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, Stellenbosch University

15h00 – 15h20


15h30 – 16h00

Institutional support for postgraduate education: on.track planner


Ronel Steyn: Co-ordinator, Postgraduate Skills Development Programme,

16:00- 17:30

Bubbly and Nougat tasting, The House of JC le Roux


Shuttles back to guesthouses


Shuttles from guesthouses to Amazink

19:30 – 22:00

Dinner at Amazink Township Restaurant & Theatre


Shuttles to guesthouses

Saturday, 12 April 2013


Shuttles from guesthouses to PGIO for Tour


Depart from PGIO

09:00 – 17:00

Tour of Cape Peninsula and V&A Waterfront - optional

Sunday, 13 April 2013

Departure & Goodbyes



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