8: Glocalizing Higher Education and Decolonial Work in Oceania

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This chapter explore the ways in which global imperatives and processes implicate and are embodied in and through local Indigenous knowledges and ways of meaning-making within the context of Oceania. The chapter articulates conceptualizations of small island higher education using local Indigenous perspectives and practices and decolonial intentions that seek to inspire and empower local communities in higher education spaces across Tonga and Aotearoa New Zealand. Through the method of talatalanoa, examples from the first author’s experiences of decolonial work across higher education spaces in Tonga and Aotearoa New Zealand are discussed. Decolonial work across higher education spaces is ongoing and fonua-whenua-inspired, relying on theory to activate the authors’ analyses of relational Indigenous being and becoming in Oceania. This chapter concludes by drawing attention to the importance of thinking globally but acting locally as a critical Oceanian practice that centres the things that really matter to local peoples, communities and small island states.

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