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UJ to co-host Middle East and Africa academia conference

​This year, one of the biggest higher education events in the Middle East and Africa region, the 3rd Quacquarelli Symonds Middle East and Africa Professional Leaders in Education (QS-MAPLE) Conference, is co-hosted by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the Nanyang Technology University (NTU) from Asia.


The two-day QS-MAPLE 2013, themed Global Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education, is taking place in Johannesburg from 7 – 8 May, 2013.
Middle Eastern and African higher education institutions are steadily developing international linkages and recruiting more international students. As a result, academics and administrators are in need of a regional forum for exchange of knowledge and opinion in their professional sectors, one that will address the key issues and challenges that are specific to their international development.
The QS-MAPLE conference is a platform to engage university leaders as well as academics to participate in constructive debates on the internationalisation of students, faculty and the curriculum in order to build world-class universities for Middle Eastern and African communities through global partnerships and collaboration.
“This collaboration is a true case of borderless globalisation benefiting of higher education institutions in Asia, Middle East and Africa, and constitutes a new South-to-East partnership landmark. MAPLE 2013 offers the opportunity for such human interaction and the establishment of varied, creative, needs-responsive, knowledge-rich, and mutually beneficial partnerships across Middle East, Africa, and the world”, says Prof Ihron Rensburg, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UJ.
“As a member of the global academic community, forums like this allow us to share ideas and best practices and benefit from the most recent advances in the higher education landscape. NTU is dedicated to promoting and advancing higher education initiatives through institutional collaborations, knowledge sharing and dialogue”, says Prof Bertil Andersson, President of NTU.​
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