The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Nuffic Neso South Africa and the General Representation of the Government of Flanders would like to invite you to attend a panel session on International Academic Exchanges: Collaboration Opportunities .

The session has been organised in the framework of the Science Forum South Africa 2017 and will be held in the NRF1 Room at the CSIR International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC) on 7 December 2017 from 15:30 to 17:00.

The panellists include Prof. Kingsley Ayisi (University of Limpopo), Mr. Mervin Bakker (Nuffic-Neso), Dr. Anja Hallacker (DAAD), Prof. Stef Slembrouck (Ghent University). The moderator will be Dr. Priscilla Mensah (NRF).

During the session, panellists will discuss international collaboration opportunities for (South) African students, researchers or institutions, looking at both the institutional framework as well as practical experiences,  and presenting the point of view of the European as well as the African partners. However, the very notion of international exchange programmes can raise some questions.

How does one benefit from this international experience?

What is the risk that the best students and academics leave the country never to return?

Do exchange programmes only reinforce already strong students and institutions?

What programmes relate to previously disadvantaged students and/or institutions?

How can international exchange programmes help to raise awareness about the importance of science when the best students leave the country?

These questions will not be avoided, in fact, they will be the main focus of the session. More information can be found via:

Join us for this panel session on 7 December and come visit our stand at the Science Forum South Africa on 7 and 8 December. For further information and to register for the Science Forum, please visit: