Is higher education responding effectively and quickly enough to internationalisation challenges and developments?

Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) is looking forward to hosting the 17th International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) Conference 2013, from 21 to 24 August 2013 at Bloemfontein Campus, with the aim of answering the emerging question about higher education’s response to internationalisation in a changing world.

IEASA, a non-profit organisation, was established as a result of the need for universities and universities of technology in South Africa to respond to international educational trends.

The theme for the conference will be the ‘Internationalisation in a Changing World: Higher Education’s Response’.

The conference will focus on knowledge sharing with discussions on best practices, challenges and opportunities, and the critical role leadership and support services has to play in successful internationalisation.

Further interesting topics will include the interlinking role of indigenous knowledge management, the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and special student issues, such as Xenophobia, ethical considerations and other diversity challenges.

The IEASA Conference will open up international contacts and will focus on creating cross-border partnerships, which will benefit students of tertiary institutions and will contribute to South Africa’s status as a competitor and participant in world markets.

As part of its internationalisation strategy, the university continues to reach out to students and academics from SADC states, Germany, Belgium, Finland, The Netherlands and China. These partnerships ensure that our students are not only industry-ready, but that they have a global perspective to their studies and an understanding of international challenges and opportunities.

To register for the 17th International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) Conference 2013, please contact 051-507-3912 or email for more information.

For more information about CUT please contact 051 507 3820 or visit

More about CUT

CUT is a leader in many technology fields ranging from learning programmes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) a broad field in which CUT has about 45% of its enrolments, much higher than many other South African universities. Further, CUT’s research and innovation leadership in many areas, more especially in rapid prototyping and manufacturing is world class. The latter has been honoured by both the Medical Research Council (MRC) as part of its National Medical Device Platform and the National Research Foundation (NRF), with the latter having granted CUT a Chair in this area. Through its social and technological innovations CUT aims to contribute towards the social-economic development in the region as well as in the rest of South Africa and internationally.