Newspaper and Opinion pieces

  • 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]

  • 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

  • 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].

  • 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].

  • Rector lodges complaint over ‘non-AA’ students ad

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: News24
    Year of Publishing: 2014
    Keywords: 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.

  • Recolonising the humanities?

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Higgins, J.
    Year of Publishing: 2013
    Keywords: 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]

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