Newspaper and Opinion pieces

  • TUT's Professor Ogude was 'pushed out'

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Nkosi, Bongani
    Year of Publishing: 2014
    Keywords: Higher education, TUT, Professor Nthabiseng Ogude dismissal, University Governing Body

    Contrary to a university statement saying outgoing vice-chancellor Prof Nthabiseng Ogude resigned early, the council says she was forced to leave. An accomplished senior academic who had held the position of vice-principal responsible for teaching and learning and student affairs at the University of Pretoria, Ogude became TUT’s first woman vice-chancellor. (Mail & Guardian 06 November 2014)

  • Transformation reduced to numbers

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Morrell, R.
    Year of Publishing: 2013
    Keywords: Higher Education, Education, Institutional transformation, Institutional culture, Higher education transformation oversight committee

    This article notes that there is a need to transform higher education in South Africa. The author observes that the most worrying aspects of current government plans to engineer transformation derive from the lack of attention to institutional culture, which includes questions of institutional autonomy and academic freedom. The concern, as pointed out, is that government is inappropriately seeking to take charge of "transformation" and arrogating to itself the right to determine what transformation is and how it should be achieved.

  • Transformation conundrum

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Nombembe, P., & Louw, P.
    Year of Publishing: 2013
    Keywords: University transformation, racism, UFS, University of the Free State, Jansen, J., Pandor, N., Nzimande, B., ministerial committees, Reitz Four

    University of Free State (UFS) Vice Chancellor Prof Jonathan Jansen critiques the seven-member ministerial committee set up by Higher Education Minister Nzimande to assess transformation at universities.The committee is a result of recommendations made in a report commissioned by former education minister Naledi Pandor five years ago in the wake of the 'Reitz Four' indident at the UFS [25 January 2013].

  • Top academic pulls out of ‘sham’ race

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Nkosi, B
    Year of Publishing: 2013
    Keywords: Education, Politics, National Research Foundation, Transformation

    Senior academic appointments are often political. This article covers the story of Seepe's withdrawal from the race for the vice-chancellorship of the Cape Peninsula ­University of Technology. After expressing his misgivings, Seepe turns his back on a ‘compromised’ selection process.[21 June 2013]

  • The myth of the jobless graduate

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Van rensburg, D.
    Year of Publishing: 2014
    Keywords: Graduates, unemployment, higher education, private colleges, FET, further education and training

    Reports the argument that graduate unemployment is a small problem in South Africa, at least if you don’t call the thousands of people moving through the Further Education and Training, and private college system, 'graduates' [City Press, 14 April 2014].

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