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Collaboration Highlighted At Third Vice-Chancellor Colloquium On Language Policy



Collaboration Highlighted At Third Vice-Chancellor Colloquium On Language Policy

Collaboration Highlighted At Third Vice-Chancellor Colloquium On Language Policy. The Third Vice-Chancellor Colloquium on Language Policy in Higher Education, co-hosted by UKZN, provided a platform for sharing best practices and addressing challenges in implementing language policies at universities in South Africa.

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Exploring Collaboration for Language Policy Implementation

The colloquium, organized in partnership with Universities South Africa (USAf), focused on the intersection of policy and practice, emphasizing best practices in implementing language policies in higher education institutions.

Insights from Key Speakers

Professor Nhlanhla Mkhize, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for the College of Humanities at UKZN, highlighted the university’s commitment to multilingualism and the intellectualization of indigenous languages in South Africa. Keynote speakers such as Professor Leketi Makalela and Professor Bismark Tyobeka emphasized the importance of moving beyond rhetoric to effectively implement language policies that promote inclusivity and student success.

Challenges and Solutions

The colloquium addressed various challenges, including the need for monitoring and evaluation to assess the effectiveness of language policies, the importance of resources for developing indigenous languages, and the challenges faced by sign language students in higher education.


The event underscored the significance of collaboration among universities, policymakers, language practitioners, and stakeholders to advance the implementation of language policies in higher education. Moving forward, a concerted effort is needed to ensure that language policies promote inclusivity, diversity, and student success in South African universities

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