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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...

04 September 2013

John Butler-Adam writes on the jobless generation ('Generation J') in the Leader of the South African Journal of Science, highlighting CHET's role in bringing the NEET crisis to the fore. He concludes:

"In 2009, CHET reported that 2.7 million young people between the ages of 18 and 24 were NEETs. The immensity of the problem was covered in the local and international press (including...

08 April 2013

Writing in the Spring 2013 issue of the IIE Networker, Nico Cloete, Peter Maassen and Teboho Moja outline four notions of the role higher education institutions can play in contributing to economic development. They conclude that in a globalised world, universities have become major players in supporting sustainable development, and that from the research of the Higher Education...

18 February 2013

"While the doors of learning might be open, they are heavily guarded," writes Nico Cloete in University World News. He calls for action to end the structural confusion of South Africa’s post-school system in conjunction with clearer signalling by universities and the media to prospective entrants into the South African post-school system.

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18 February 2013

Writing in University World News, Tracy Bailey reveals that higher education councils in Africa are struggling with capacity and role definition.

Within the realm of higher education governance, many countries have established higher (or tertiary) education councils or commissions, which fall under this umbrella of semi-autonomous government agency. These councils and commissions came...

18 February 2013

Reporting in University World News on the latest instalment in a series of seminars on differentiation in South African higher education, Johan Muller examines the state of the differentiation debate; this includes CHET's pivotal role in keeping the debate on the table by shifting it to one that is more emperically based. Muller also reports on the views shared by the...

31 January 2013

Ihoron Rensburg, vice-chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, writes as follows in the Business Day (31.01.2013): "In recent months he has been responsible for three sets of regulatory interventions. All three have onerous implications for universities, eroding not only their institutional autonomy, but also their capabilities in their core business: teaching, learning and...

26 November 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing positive economic development, and there is increasing understanding of the important contributions universities have to make if African societies are to achieve the next stages of development.

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