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Accepted paper:

African-European partnerships: experiences of academic staff in new COIL exchanges between South Africa and Europe

Authors:

Reinout Klamer (The Hague University of Applied Sciences)
Alun DeWinter (Coventry University)

Paper short abstract:

This paper explores the use of COIL within the context of iKudu, an EU funded project which seeks to foster African-European partnerships to develop internationalisation capacity through the lenses of equality and decolonization.

Paper long abstract:

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) plays an important part within the Higher Education internationalisation at home agendas, allowing student to engage in intercultural collaborations around the globe without the need to travel or be involved with costly international mobility, whilst developing traversal skills such as teamwork and intercultural competency. This paper explores the use of COIL within the context of iKudu, an EU funded project which seeks to foster African-European partnerships to develop internationalisation capacity through the lenses of equality and decolonization. This paper explores the underlying literature around COIL and equality before examining the expectations and experiences of academic staff who have been involved in the creation of new collaborations between a consortium of five South African and five European universities. This article offers insight into the challenges of setting up new international collaborations against the backdrop of COVID-19 as well as insight into the hopes and expectations of the staff involved.

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