Newspaper and Opinion pieces

  • Rehumanising the colonialities

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Dladla, N. & Delport, T.
    Year of Publishing: 2013
    Keywords: Humanities, university transformation, academic agendas, colonialism, Eurocentrism, Western thought, curricula, alienation, otherness, the other

    Argues that universities in South Africa still support the ‘othering’ promoted by the West’s world-view and looks at what is taught and how it is taught in humanities faculties [Mail and Guardian Online, 13 May 2013].

  • SA produces fewer doctorates than a single university in Brazil

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Masondo, S.
    Year of Publishing: 2014
    Keywords: Higher Education South Africa, doctoral graduates, HESA, parliament, portfolio committees, research findings, doctoral students, PhD students, Brazil

    Media report on Higher Education South Africa's research findings that South African universities produce a woefully inadequate number of doctoral graduates. Notes that figures are contained in a presentation that Higher Education South Africa made to the portfolio committee on higher education in Parliament in March 2014 [City Press, 8 April 2014].

  • SA’s doctoral dilemma

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Masondo, S.
    Year of Publishing: 2014
    Keywords: South African Universities, Academy of Science, PhD shortage

    "South African universities produce a woefully inadequate number of doctorates and are unlikely to meet the National Development Plan’s target of producing 5 000 PhDs by 2030, academics have said".(CityPress,19 October 2014

  • Set course for a new destination

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Maluleke, T.S
    Year of Publishing: 2014
    Keywords: Education, Higher education, Research productivity, Graduate unemployment, Social transformation, Social cohesion, Knowledge production

    This article points out that higher education in South Africa is no longer a luxury but a necessary resource for global competitiveness. The author argues that since the advent of democracy the higher education landscape has changed beyond recognition — and mostly for the better. For starters research productivity has doubled and international collaborations have tripled but challenges remain. One such challenge relates to social cohesion gaps in the higher education sector. [09 April 2014]

  • Shock report reveals dire conditions

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: David Macfarlane
    Year of Publishing: 2012
    Keywords: University accommodation, Higher education, Transformation, Residence infrastructure, Indigent students

    Students at South Africa's universities live in squalid accommodation and often go hungry. Thousands of mainly poor, black students have to live in such appalling conditions that it is a “major miracle” they manage to pass any academic courses at all. (Mail & Guardian 02 Mar 2012)

  • Sing from the same higher education hymn sheet

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: HESA
    Year of Publishing: 2014
    Keywords: Higher Education, Economic and social democracy, Research and post graduate education, Science and knowledge production, Enrolment, National Planning Commission, Research infrastructure, Epistemological transformation

    South Africa is 20 years into democracy, with this in mind this newspaper article critically reflects on what has been achieved in South African higher education since the advent of democracy and what continues to be the ongoing challenges. The author argues that only with consensus will current threats like low success rates to higher education become opportunities for economic and social development. [08 April 2014]

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