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]
Newspaper and Opinion pieces
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Education, Higher education, Research productivity, Graduate unemployment, Social transformation, Social cohesion, Knowledge production
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: 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
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Higher education, fellowships, Think-tanks, Racial
Mangcu questions the 20 year journey to become a full professor. He is particullarly critical towards the system and the challenges faced by black academics. (Business Day Live November 03 2014)
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Higher education, Race relations, Transformation, Academic achievements, Equity
Twenty years into democracy, South Africa’s university campuses are changed spaces. (City Press 3 August 2014)
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: 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].
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Rhodes University, Transformation, Staff development, Institutional culture
"Rhodes University has appointed a new vice-chancellor who promises transformation, not just at student level, but in all spheres". (Mail & Guardian Online 14 OCT 2014)
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2013Keywords: Higher education, Medical anthropology, African cultures, Cultural anthropology,
The article notes that the retro arrangement of Stellenbosch’s Sasol Museum’s artifacts is a gem for cultural study. [8 June 2014]
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2013Keywords: 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].
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Higher education, Transformation, Rental racism, non-affirmative action
Jonathan Jansen, University of the Free State rector, will send a complaint to the SA Human Rights Commission about a newspaper advertisement looking for “non-affirmative action” female students in need of accommodation. Jansen said an investigation revealed that the accommodation was open to white students but not their black counterparts.
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2013Keywords: Education, Higher education, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (Codesria), Institutional autonomy and accountability
This author in this article reasons that academic debates can be confusing for the general reader, and this was the case with some the arguments around academic freedom taken up in Suren Pillay's recent Mail & Guardian article: "Decolonising the humanities" (Getting Ahead, April 5 2013). This article attempts to explain what it is in our current context that so often distorts thinking on questions of and around academic freedom, acting like some black hole in intellectual life, which, invisible in itself, distorts the space around it. [10 May 2013]