Monash South Africa Hosts Event to Confront Xenophobia
Since its inception, Monash South Africa has embraced multiculturalism, internationalism and diversity, offering one of the most culturally diverse higher education experiences in the country. The university enrolls a large number of students from all over Africa as well students on exchange from other continents as well.
Heartbreakingly, and in stark contrast to the inclusive MSA campus, South Africa has recently seen bouts of negative sentiment and xenophobic assaults upon foreign citizens within its borders. The recent incidents, involving people from a number of different nationalities, has become a serious concern for the country at large. The majority of South Africans have stood united against these hate crimes, showing their support for an inclusive country and continent.
In order to address the issue and show the ongoing support of a truly international campus, MSA students banded together with the staff and created an on campus solidarity march to celebrate diversity and the unique nationalities that make up “A United Monash South Africa for a United Africa.” In addition to the march, the students and staff hosted an emotional and thought provoking open mic session, allowing both students and staff a platform to speak freely on the subject and express their views on xenophobia within Africa.
MSA academic president and professor Alwyn Louw said during the march, “We have to commit ourselves that we’re going to leave here today and live the ideals of respect, freedom, transparency, and tolerance. This is our responsibility. We are committed to make sure that our academic programmes and what we offer as an institution will allow people to be prepared for a world in which they can go and make this contribution. Monash South Africa stands for respect, tolerance, multiculturalism; to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to access those broader opportunities that exist in society. .”
MSA is dedicated to support South Africa and the continent to meet its diverse economic and educational needs by producing graduates that are globally aware and internationally recognized. The university became the first institution in sub-Saharan Africa to join the Laureate International Universities network in 2013.