South – South University Cooperation: Perspectives of the Development

Abstract

The session is devoted to the discussion of the added value of the South-South university cooperation as a new emerging model of internationalization in Global South. On the one hand, South-South cooperation is still very much underdeveloped so that the majority of international educational projects in Global South are implemented together with Northern universities. On the other hand, such new South-South university associations and networks as BRICS Network University and BRICS University League seem to mark emergence of a new trend. The North-South collaboration is usually vertically structured so that Northern organizational models are implemented in the Southern universities and the students go one way from Southern universities to the North. New emerging model of South-South internationalization is presented as a model of horizontal relations between universities of equal standing. In this sense, the aim of South-South networks is opposite to the goal international academic rankings to determine a special “upper” class of the higher education institutions. 
The proposed panel aims at presenting views on global South-South cooperation from four countries: Russia and BRICS (Maxim Khomyakov, HSE), Brazil (Jose Celso Freire, UNESP), Mexico (Thomas Martin Buntru, University of Monterrey), and South Africa (Nico Jooste, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University).