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27 July 2017

An article published by University World News reports that accessible, usable and relevant open data on South African universities makes it possible for a wide range of stakeholders to monitor, advise and challenge the transformation of South Africa’s universities from an informed perspective. 

CHET plays a key role in the South...

22 February 2017

Since late 2015, the South African government has been under pressure to respond to an unprecedented post-1994 student movement demanding free university education. The initial concession of no fee increases placated university students for a while but during 2016 university fees, dissatisfaction with the government and the fragmentation of the government itself coalesced into a serious threat...

16 January 2017

The third meeting of the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa, or HERANA, held in Franschhoek in South Africa in November, was attended by representatives of seven of the eight participating universities: Botswana, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, Ghana, Nairobi in Kenya, Mauritius, and Makerere in Uganda. Each gave detailed and fascinating...

07 December 2016

Jens Jungblut summarises some of the key activities at a recent HERANA workshop in Cape Town in a blogpost written for the Higher Education Development Association (Hedda). Jens is currently a post-doctoral researcher at INCHER, University of...

18 October 2016

This book is a festschrift for CHET Fellow, Peter Maassen, on his 60th birthday. But it is also about the maturing field of higher education studies, which only started to develop during the 1960s.

The book consists of 28 short chapters divided into four themes: higher education governance and reform; European integration in higher education; higher education in Africa; and education and...

28 August 2016

Director of the Centre for Higher Education Trust (CHET) Dr Nico Cloete on Thursday 11 August 2016 made a presentation to the Commission of Inquiry into the Higher Education and Training (the 'Fees Commission'). The Fees Commission was initiated by President Jacob Zuma to consider the feasibility of free higher education following last year’s #FeesMustFall country-wide shutdown of South...

17 May 2016

CHET director Nico Cloete argues in a University World News article that students, political commentators and vice-chancellors alike have demonstrated a disconcerting lack of knowledge of international higher education funding and tuition fees systems during the 2015 #FeesMustFall debate.

In South Africa, as in the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa, tertiary education is...

12 May 2016

Since late in 2015, the South African government has been under pressure to respond to an unprecedented post-1994 student movement demanding free university tuition. The no fee increase concession has placated university students for the time-being and given government time to reflect and consult on the future funding of South African higher education, and the inevitable trade-offs that will...

01 April 2016

Three connected commentaries in the South African Journal of Science (March/April 2016) tackle the troubling issues of students, fees, undergraduate education and the doctorate that have shaken the South African university system: 

What really...

16 March 2016

In a University World News article titled "A ‘third force’ in higher education student activism" CHET director, Nico Cloete, contends that a ‘third force’ has emerged on South Africa’s protest-disrupted campuses.

He concludes that South African universities are on a knife’s edge, and so is the country as a whole. Universities – with their strategic location in the...

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