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Monthly Report No.49 (April 30, 2014)

Dear AC21 Members,


Thank you very much for your continued support of AC21 and its activities.

The following are updates and some recent news from AC21.


1. The 7th AC21 International Forum 2014 (Main Theme: Science for Society: Higher Education as Builder of Hope)

The 7th AC21 International Forum (IF) 2014 was held on April 13 - 16, 2014 in Stellenbosch, Republic of South Africa, and was hosted by Stellenbosch University. Approximately 100 attendees from 27 universities in 18 countries, including delegates of AC21 member universities, Stellenbosch University’s partner institutions and a governmental institution, actively participated in discussion and strengthened their academic networks. Undoubtedly, all attendees will join me in offering our huge congratulations to Stellenbosch University for the great success of the Forum, and thank them for the warm hospitality they extended to the attendees. The General Secretariat is also very grateful to Stellenbosch University for hosting the Steering Committee Meeting and General Assembly. You will soon be able to view photos taken during the Forum at the photo gallery of the AC21 website. We will let you know when they are ready for viewing.

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Welcome Speech by Prof. Russel Botman, Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Stellenbosch University

Keynote Speech by Mr. Ghaleeb Jeppie, Chief Director, International Relations, Department of Higher Education and Training, Republic of South Africa

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Panel Discussion: Internationalization at Higher Education Institutions in Africa

Closing Plenary by Prof. Arnold Van Zyl, Rector, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Prof. Russel Botman, and Mr. Robert Kotzé, Senior Director, Postgraduate & International Office, Stellenbosch University

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Plenary Speech

Parallel Session

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Dinner at Solms Delta

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Cultural Performance at the Conference Dinner

Campus Tour of Stellenbosch University

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Site Visit of Stellenbosch University’s Hope Project

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Steering Committee Meeting

General Assembly


Group Photo of AC21 Members


2. The 12th Steering Committee (STC) Meeting and the 7th General Assembly

During the IF 2014, the 12th STC Meeting and the 7th General Assembly were held on April 13 and 15, respectively. The General Secretariat will email the summaries of both STC meeting and General Assembly shortly, but in the meantime, we would like to report on three of the main issues here.


2.1 STC Members for the Next Term

Based on the results of the election for three STC member positions for Group A conducted at the General Assembly, we are happy to announce that the following three universities will serve on the STC for the next term (From 2014 General Assembly to 2018 General Assembly). Congratulations!!

Technische Universität Chemnitz

University of Adelaide

University of Freiburg


2.2 Host of AC21 International Forum (IF) in 2018

Based on the election at the 7th AC21 General Assembly, it was decided that the host of AC21 IF 2018 will be Jilin University, China. Congratulations!! We look forward to it!


2.3 AC21 Welcomes University of Canterbury as New AC21 Member

Membership of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand was approved at both the STC meeting and General Assembly. Welcome to AC21!!

3. Sixth AC21 Working Breakfast at NAFSA 2014 to be hosted by Technische Universität Chemnitz

Technische Universität Chemnitz has generously offered to host the Sixth AC21 Working Breakfast at NAFSA 2014 on May 27 from 8:30 am at NAFSA Conference Hotel, Wyndham San Diego Bayside in San Diego, California, U.S.A. The NAFSA 2014 Annual Conference will be held from May 25 to 30. Please be sure to attend.


If you would like to share some news or events with the other members through this monthly report, please send them to the AC21 General Secretariat at the following e-mail address (office@ac21.org).


Warm regards,



AC21 General Secretariat

E-mail: office@ac21.org

URL: http://www.ac21.org

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