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About 200 university leaders from all over the world are in Durban until Friday for a higher education conference hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).

The conference is being presented by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) organisation for Middle East and African professional leaders in education.

Quacquarelli Symonds specialises in education and study abroad.

The aim of the conference, a follow up to the inaugural gathering in Dubai last year, is to promote and help Middle East and African universities to achieve greater international recognition.

The organisation launched the QS World University Rankings in 2004, in co-operation with the Times Higher Education Supplement, but went solo with its rankings of universities – including some in SA – in 2009.

Presentations will be made by international speakers on subjects such as quality assurance, accreditation and governance; learning and teaching; internationalisation, partnership and transnational education, and research and research training.

UKZN’s vice-chancellor, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, will deliver the opening address on Thursday.

The deputy vice-chancellor for research Professor Nelson Ijumba, will close the conference on Friday. - The Mercury