Dr. Kalyani Unkule Associate Professor, JGLS, and Director and Head of the Office of Alumni Relations, JGU, has received the Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Challenge Grant 2021.
Aimed at academic and professional staff, the grant supports collaborative work focused on either of the two main strategic priorities of the Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Network:
(i) Historical memory and trauma or
(ii) institutional reform/indigenous knowledge.
Professor Unkule’s project aims to transform the study abroad officer into an agent of peace and reconciliation, building on her monograph, ‘Internationalising the University: A Spiritual Approach’ published in 2019. Through consultations and training workshops, the project will empower study abroad officers to wield their influence over student decision-making in a way that is supportive of the self-discovery and immersive, integrative and unifying aspects of the study abroad experience rather than define the end goal in terms of a shallow and hegemonic conception of intercultural competence. Other anticipated outcomes of this project include a shift in the discourse surrounding aims of study abroad and development of new parameters for assessing the success of internationalisation efforts of universities.
Professor Unkule’s other recent achievements and academic work include:
That call is available here: