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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...

16 March 2016

The graphic below shows how the shape of the South African post-school system has change in the past four years. While there was growth across all sectors of the post-school system from 2010 to 2012, most sectors have not grown from 2012 to 2014. In fact, some sectors, such as private universities and public adult education, have shrunk between 2012 and 2014. The graph also shows that the...

29 February 2016

In Africa Analysis, Patrício Langa, Gerald Wangenge-Ouma, Jens Jungblut and Nico Cloete argue that South Africa should look to Africa to see that free higher education, which local students are demanding, failed to universalise access or advance social inclusion.

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10 February 2016

The AU’s Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 2016-2025), adopted in Addis Ababa on 31 January 2016, aims to set up a “qualitative system of education and training to provide the African continent with efficient human...

03 February 2016

The International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP) was established in September 2015 in Istanbul to explore what social science can tell us about social change. 

IPSP’s aim is to focus attention...

23 December 2015

Claudia Frittelli, Program Officer, Higher Education & Research in Africa, International Program at Carnegie Corporation of New York, attended the recent CHET HERANA series of meetings held towards the end of November 2015. She has written the following blog in which she shares her insights on the value of collecting data and...

15 December 2015

Doctoral Education in South Africa was launched alongside the HERANA 3 meeting in Cape Town on 26 November 2015. Teboho Moja, Chair of CHET and Prof. in Education at New York University, delivered the welcoming address. The authors shared their insights on the key findings of the book, and Prof. Daya Reddy, president of the Academy of Science of South Africa,...

09 December 2015

Amidst the maelstrom created by the largest and most effective student campaign in post-apartheid South Africa, CHET director Nico Cloete, takes a sober look at the possible consequences of a no-fee higher education system in South Africa. He concludes as follows: "‘Free Higher Education’ sounds revolutionary and is an appealing mobilising ‘cry’. But in a developing country it is financially,...

31 August 2015

CHET Director, Nico Cloete, writes in University World News that "In 2014, CHET dropped ‘transformation’ from its name and is now called the Centre for Higher Education Trust. A main argument for this change was that the term had become, in the Marxian sense, so overladen with ‘surplus’ politics that it obscures, rather than clarifies, research and debate." Read the full argument he makes to...

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