Rethinking the internationalisation of higher education in South Africa in the post-pandemic era: Towards a blended future

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The very essence of internationalisation, which depends heavily on academic mobility and cross-border interactions, has been adversely affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been associated with a significant decline in student and staff mobility in South Africa and around the world. Nonetheless, it has also catalysed innovation and inspired new approaches to teaching and learning that have the potential to transform the future of higher education. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education institutions are grappling with a fundamental question that goes beyond the practicalities of internationalisation: How can we reenvision the concept of internationalisation to meet the challenges of the new normal? This question calls for a deeper reflection on the nature of internationalisation itself. How can we ensure that cross-border interactions and exchanges continue to foster a sense of global community and intercultural understanding, even in a world that is physically distanced? This chapter seeks to explore the profound implications of the pandemic on the internationalisation of higher education (IHE) in South Africa. It aims to critically examine the present challenges to internationalisation and the strategies that have been developed to address them in the context of the post-pandemic world. The chapter employs a critical reflection approach through the use of qualitative research, systematic literature review, and document analysis. By utilising these methodologies, it seeks to delve deeper into the implications of the pandemic on the IHE in South Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCritical Reflections on the Internationalisation of Higher Education in the Global South
PublisherEmerald Publishing
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781804557785
ISBN (Print)9781804557792
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2024


  • Academic mobility
  • Blended learning
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Internationalisation
  • South Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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