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15 September 2014

For the first time, the flow of open data as it relates to the governance of South African higher education has been mapped. By doing so, insights have been gained as to how open data is being supplied, and how it is being (re)used and by whom in the governance of South African public universities.

In particular, CHET's role as an intermediary in the university governance data ecosystem...

15 September 2014

Worldwide, in Africa and in South Africa, the importance of the doctorate has increased disproportionally in relation to its contribution to the overall graduate output over the last decade. This heightened attention has not been predominantly concerned with the traditional role of the PhD, namely the provision of a future supply of academics. Rather, it has focused on the increasingly...

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...

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