Manager, Internationalisation at Home and Research, Nelson Mandela University

Dr Savo Heleta works as the manager of Internationalisation at Home and Research at Nelson Mandela University’s Office for International Education (OIE). He is also researcher in OIE’s Research Unit for Higher Education Internationalisation in the Developing World.

Savo’s research focuses on higher education internationalization; decolonisation of knowledge; higher education in post-war settings; advocacy and activism; conflict analysis; international development; foreign aid; post-war reconstruction, development and peace-building.

He is the author of Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia (Amacom Books, New York, 2008).


  • 2013–present
    Manager: Internationalisation at Home and Research, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa


  • 2013 
    Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, DPhil, Development Studies
  • 2009 
    Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, MPhil, Conflict Transformation and Management
  • 2006 
    St. John's University, Minnesota, United States, BA, History, Business Management


  • 2017
    Decolonizing knowledge in South Africa: Dismantling the ‘pedagogy of big lies’, Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies. Vol. 40. No. 3. [forthcoming]
  • 2017
    Intercultural competence for peace-building in the aftermath of violent conflict: The role of higher education [with Deardorff, D. K.], Forthcoming book chapter
  • 2017
    Higher education and its international dimensions in post-conflict settings, Chapter in The Globalization of internationalization: Emerging voices and perspectives. Routledge.
  • 2017
    Global Citizenship vs Globally Competent Graduates: A Critical View From the South [with Nico Jooste], Journal of Studies in International Education. Vol. 21. No. 1.
  • 2017
    Disrupting coloniality: Student-led resistance to the oppressive status-quo in South Africa [with Fatyela, A. and Nkala, T], Forthcoming book chapter
  • 2016
    Decolonisation of higher education: Dismantling epistemic violence and Eurocentrism in South Africa, Transformation in Higher Education. Vol. 1. No. 1.
  • 2016
    Securitising Humanitarian Assistance and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Africa: A Critical Review of South Africa’s New Defence Policy, African Security Review. Vol. 25. No. 1.
  • 2015
    Higher Education in Post-Conflict Societies: Settings, Challenges and Priorities, Handbook Internationalisation of European Higher Education. Volume No. 1.
  • 2014
    Internally Driven Post-War Reconstruction and Development: The Case of Somaliland, Africa Insight. Vol. 44. No. 3.
  • 2013
    Building Leadership Capacity for Post-War Recovery: The Case of South Sudan, Journal for Development and Leadership. Vol. 2. No. 1.
  • 2009
    Teachers’ Experiences of Conflict and Violence in Township Schools: A Case Study of Walmer-Gqebera, South Africa [with Snodgrass, L], Commonwealth Youth and Development. Vol. 7. No. 2.
  • 2008
    Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia, Amacom Books, New York