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Knowledge Network Scholars & Research Network of Emerging Scholars on Internationalization (NESI) By James Otieno Jowi and Elizabeth Ayalew The establishment of the Network of Emerging Scholars on Internationalization (NESI) is a significant recent development in the internationalization of higher education in Africa. Within the framework of the newly established African Network for the Internationalization of Education (ANIE), there is a provision for the formation of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that will work towards attaining the broader objectives of ANIE. NESI is the first Special Interest Group of ANIE and has the broad aim of developing the research capacity to investigate the different dimensions, rationales and implications of internationalization in Africa. The background of ANIE, the parent network, can be traced to a project entitled “Higher Education in Africa: The International Dimension,” funded by the Ford Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York (2006-2008) and involving participants from Africa. It was coordinated by Damtew Teferra, founder and director of International Network for Higher Education in Africa (INHEA), the Boston College Center for International Higher Education and Dr. Jane Knight of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. The aim of this project was to carry out a study examining the international dimensions of higher education in Africa. Due to the evident need for increased capacity and further study of this topic, the participants in this study proposed ANIE as one of the outcomes of the project. ANIE has developed as a membership organization, whose members will also belong to respective SIGs within the broader network. NESI has been established as the first of the SIGs. As of now, NESI is composed of the New Generation Scholars who took part in the authorship of “Higher Education in Africa” in collaboration with the senior scholars from their respective countries. Participants meet in Cairo to discuss the Higher Education in Africa project. The lack of adequate capacity in Africa in this discipline became evident during the project’s implementation when it became difficult to locate African academics with strong expertise and experience in this field. It was therefore imperative that young, interested and promising scholars be selected to be part of the project to work with the senior scholars and within whom the required expertise and capacity on internationalization of higher education could be developed. The New Generation Scholars successfully worked with the senior scholars on the country chapters included in the study and are now the core of NESI, the research team of ANIE. The main undertaking of NESI is to build the required research capacity for the internationalization of higher education in Africa and to provide training and mentoring to young scholars. NESI expects to develop into a strong interactive network for conducting research and to meet the professional and practical needs of individuals and organizations working on internationalizing higher education in Africa. NESI will thus strive to provide an accurate picture of the state of internationalization of higher education in African countries by collecting high quality data for comparative analysis and by closing the gap in empirical data in this discipline. To develop this capacity for research and advocacy, NESI intends to recruit and train additional young scholars. The current membership is composed of ten young scholars from nine African countries: Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. The current recruitment drive intends initially to involve twelve more countries taking into account the geographic and linguistic diversity of Africa. These will be comprised of all eleven countries which were involved in the first study, some of which still do not have representation in NESI (i.e. Ghana, Mauritius and Mozambique). The current NESI members have participated in a training workshop and exposure

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2008

IIE Networker - Fall 2008
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
The International Dimension of Higher Education: Status, Challenges, and Prospects in Africa
Internationalization in Africa In Relation to Other World Regions
Measuring International Student Mobility Trends: In and Out of Africa
IIENetworker University President’s Interview Series A Conversation with President Mohammad H. Qayoumi, California State University, East Bay
Country Profile: Nigeria
Scholars & Research
Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative
Joint Degree Programs
Advising Students
Study Abroad
The Browser: Index of Advertisers

IIE Networker - Fall 2008