Africa Knows! It is time to decolonise minds
Panel A03b (1 video; 2 papers, 1 with)
Title of panel:
Leading from the South
[initiated by Nuffic]
Underlying themes are the current state of affairs in education systems, science and innovation systems and the position of universities within Africa as well as continental and regional agencies and their knowledge policies. There will also be attention for so-called knowledge diplomacy and transnational networks, and it will deal with the attempts by European knowledge institutions to change from 'capacity development' to 'co-creation'. Adding to this discussion is the role youth can play in furthering the discussion on decolonizing, holding a firm focus on the fact that they are and have the future.
Central to this session are the following questions:
1) On staff-student mobility: What trade-offs do knowledge institutions need to make to ensure their institutions' future academic strength while adequately addressing the challenge of not having enough staff already? For example, these might include making difficult strategic decisions around which departments, students or faculties to support.
2) The infrastructure paradox: In order to increase capacity of academic and research institutions, it is often said that effective international engagement is necessary. How should this engagement look like? What are the critical parameters for successful international engagement, the actors involved and the actors that hinder such engagement? How can this be applied to TVET and North-South cooperation in education?
3) Recognizing the differences of African and European approaches to knowledge diplomacy, what are best practices and ways to move it forward? What are the pros and cons of further intensifying international academic exchanges?