UniPID Seminar 2021

October 13, 2021

Join us on the 16th of December to discuss how to build more equitable and responsible global academic partnerships!

This year our seminar will focus on How to foster responsible and fair global academic partnerships: concepts, good practices, and tools for building collaboration. We aim to provide participants with a framework for understanding what building more equitable global partnerships can look like in an academic context, as well as practical tools for undertaking this within their own partnerships thus create more responsible and sustainable academic collaboration.

Dr. Samia Chasi (International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA); University of Free State), will be the keynote speaker. This will be followed by a panel discussion on the practices that support fair, responsible, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial academic partnerships, moderated by Eva Kagiri Kalanzi. The programme will also include commentaries from relevant Finnish institutions working on responsibility and ethics in academic work.

The seminar will be held in Think Corner (Yliopistonkatu 4, Helsinki), on December 16th, 2021, at 1pm to 3pm, and will be a hybrid event, combining both online and in-person participation. Registration will open on November 1st, 2021.

Should you have any questions about the event, please contact Meeri Tiensuu ().

Dr Samia Chasi is a practitioner, scholar and facilitator in higher education internationalisation. She is currently the Manager: Strategic Initiatives, Partnership Development and Research at the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) and a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State (UFS), South Africa. She is passionate about facilitating deeper understanding and connections between diverse people and institutions by creating spaces for critical engagement and constructive dialogue. Her research interests lie in Global South perspectives on higher education internationalisation, with a particular focus on South-North collaboration and partnerships. Dr Chasi has more than 20 years of experience in international education through positions in international offices of German and South African universities, an agency of the European Commission as well as representations of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Nuffic and the British Council in South Africa. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, a Master of Philosophy in Engineering Management from the University of Johannesburg and a Master of Arts in English, Russian and Sociology from the University of Rostock, Germany.

Ms. Eva Kagiri Kalanzi is an International Development expert with experience implementing programmes on Higher Education cooperation, especially in research, Science, Technology and Innovation policy, capacity development and environmental technology. She is currently a programme manager at the Association of Research Managers and Administrators UK, working on strengthening Africa - UK research cooperation and research management ecosystems in Africa. Prior to her current role, she managed Metropolis, a Manchester Metropolitan University think tank for science and policy. Her interest in higher education spans across fostering equitable partnerships in South – North relationships and enhancing the diversity and inclusion of voices in evidence-based policymaking and research partnerships. In addition to her current role, she contributes to the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion working group of the University Policy Engagement Network in the UK and has previously been involved in giving input into EU-Africa STI policy processes. She holds an Msc. in Environmental Science and International Development, Post-Graduate diploma in Education and a Bachelor in Environmental Engineering.