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14 August 2014

From its HERANA 2 research on the roles and functions of tertiary and higher education councils and commissions in Africa, CHET has published eight case study reports. The councils/commissions included in the study are:

•    The Botswana Tertiary...

12 August 2014

"The topic of our lecture today came out from the effort ... to rethink development on the basis of a number of empirical studies, interacting with different conceptions and different approaches to development. ... I try to cut across the distinction between theory and empirical research in society because I always have in mind what this means for the world at large: what this means in terms...

05 June 2014

CHET's HERANA project has released updated performance indicator data on the eight African flagship universities included in the project: University of Botswana, University of Cape Town, University of Dar es Salaam, Eduardo Mondlane University, University of Ghana, Makerere University, University of Mauritius and the University Of Nairobi. Data covers the period 2009 to 2011.

The data...

05 May 2014

This independent report commissioned by North-West University (NWU) contradicts the university's recently published claim that it has bridged its racial divisions and addressed historical inequalities. According to the 10-year review, “Present management structures and practices are not fully conducive to achieving transformation goals [and] … racial and gender imbalances persist in the...

07 March 2014

The Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, has announced the establishment of a new centre of excellence (CoE) in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy at Stellenbosch University. (Read the full...

07 March 2014

Universities have never been as crucial to nation states as they are today. This is because, in order to compete in the global economy, nations need their university sectors to produce and apply knowledge, and to produce knowledgeable and well-skilled workers across the skill spectrum. This much is contemporary common sense.

In order to get the best out of the university sector, states...

10 February 2014

Three commentaries to the 2013 Govinder, Zondo and Makgoba paper, 'A new look at demographic transformation for universities in South Africa' (S Afr J Sci 109[11/12]) have been published in the recent issue of the South African...

07 February 2014

CHET has produced two reports for the OECD Directorate for Science Technology and Industry's programme on Innovation, Research and Higher Education for Development (IHERD) funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Both reports provide insight into...

30 September 2013

Since the middle of 2000, a number of initiatives have been launched in Africa to develop common frameworks for comparable and compatible qualifications, to promote academic mobility. Quality and quality assurance play a crucial role in these initiatives. There have been achievements – but there are also major challenges and questions that require further attention. Since the middle of 2000, a...

27 September 2013

On 9 September 2013, the International Balzan Prize Foundation announced the four winners of the 2013 Balzan Prize, one of  the most prestigious scientific awards in the world. Among the four winners, Manuel Castells was awarded the Balzan Prize for Sociology - the first time in more than 10 years that the discipline of sociology has been included in the Award. The...

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