Towards a sustainable anti-xenophobic rural-based university campus in South Africa

  • O.S. Obadire University of Venda


In an effort to build a deep understanding of the nature, character and extent of ‘xenophobia’ at the University of Venda, South Africa, a multidisciplinary team carried out a study. A mixed approach was used taking into account critical discourse analysis and infusing elements of participant observation. Ethical consideration and approval was received considering the sensitive nature of this study. A semi-structured interview guide was used during five focus group discussions held to collect data from 28 members of the university community. Three groups were made of non-South Africans, while two consisted of South African citizens. Both local and international focus groups (71.4%) confirmed that separate social and academic groups existed on campus. Thus, introduction of an anti-xenophobia programme was necessary because it was likely to positively contribute to the university’s efforts geared towards creating an enabling working and learning environment.

Author Biography

O.S. Obadire, University of Venda
Researcher, International Relations


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How to Cite
Obadire, O.S. 2020. “Towards a Sustainable Anti-Xenophobic Rural-Based University Campus in South Africa”. South African Journal of Higher Education 32 (4), 186-98.
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