The landscape of international higher education has been changing
since the turn of the 21st century. The globalisation of our societies and
economies implies a changing role of the higher education institutions.
Accompanying the challenges associated with development, especially
in developing countries, are initiatives championing regionalisation as
a locus of development. This article positions the debate on the relationships
among globalisation, regionalisation, and internationalisation
in the context of Africa and its sub-continent, showing that, although
these concepts have emerged at different times and contexts, they are
still related. Using case studies of two regional political and economic
organisations and their higher education counterparts, this article
shows that regionalisation is not a new phenomenon but has been part
of and has been used in the post-colonial era to serve new social, economic,
political, and development purposes in the current period.