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The Internationalist

A podcast series from The ACU that takes on the current debates in higher education

Season one

Who gets to learn, who gets to teach?

Focus: Equity, access and inclusion

Host Natasha Lokhun is joined by academics, students and practitioners from across the Commonwealth to address the question - how have universities responded to calls to decolonise higher education?  

Expect lively discussions, in-depth analysis and new perspectives as we take on some of the key debates within higher education. 

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Introducing: The Internationalist - higher education matters

How have universities responded to calls to decolonise higher education? Join the ACU and renowned academics, students and practitioners to explore the critical question of who gets to learn, and who gets to teach

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Episode 1: Does decolonising higher education matter? 

Guests: Professor Adam Habib, incoming Director of SOAS, University of London, UK and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and Professor Jonathan Jansen, Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Stellenbosch and President of the Academy of Science of South Africa

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Episode 2: How can the curriculum be authentic to where it's taught?

Guests: Meera Sabaratnam, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at SOAS, University of London, UK and Chair of the Decolonising SOAS Working Group, and Margaret Forster, Associate Head of School of Maori Knowledge – Te Pūtahi-a-Toi at Massey University, New Zealand

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Episode 3: Belonging at university – an equal future?

Guests: Larissa Kennedy, President of the National Union of Students, UK and Candace Brunette-Debassige, Acting Vice-Provost & Associate Vice-President (Indigenous Initiatives) at Western University, Canada

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Episode 4: What's the place for reparations? 

Guests: Professor Shaun Ewen, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) of the University of Melbourne, Australia and convenor of the ACU’s Peace and Reconciliation Network, and Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies and Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Committee

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Episode 5: Name and face - living with the past in the present

Guests: Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and Dr Vagishwari, Professor in the Department of International Studies, Political Science and History at Christ University in India

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Episode 6: International collaboration - a fairer future? 

Guests: Kirsty Kaiser, Implementation Manager at the Research Fairness Initiative, which is based in South Africa, and Professor Imran Rahman, Dean of the School of Business at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh

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This podcast was produced by Lindsay Riley. The executive producer is Richard Miron and it’s an Earshot Strategies production. With special thanks to Natasha Lokhun, Alex Wright and members of the Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Network.