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04 April 2011

The meeting was chaired by Dr Lidia Brito, Director of UNESCO’s Division of Science Policy and Sustainable Development and a former minister of higher education in Mozambique. The UN agency has expressed interest in using the findings to inform higher education policy development in Africa.

Major research into African universities has been “myth-busting”, said Professor Peter...

04 April 2011

The CHET performance indicator data is made available in such a way that users can create custom graphs to suit their own requirements -- institutions can compare themselves with up three other institutions across 18 performance indicators for the period 2000 to 2009.

Graphs can be downloaded as images and the data can be downloaded as Excel files.

28 February 2011

South Africa's government has launched a series of economic programmes aimed at achieving the growth and redistribution goals of the ruling African National Congress. The New Growth Path is the latest. It has drawn sharp criticism for an unrealistic presumption that the state has the capacity to initiate and administer large-scale structural changes in the economy. This misapprehension applies...

28 February 2011

The Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa, HERANA, has gathered the most comprehensive and systematic data on a group of Sub-Saharan African universities ever compiled. Research over three years in eight countries uncovered urgent needs for a 'pact' on the important role of higher education in development, strengthening the 'academic core' in universities, and greater...

09 September 2010

On the upside, African students consider their student leadership as politically engaged and responsive to the needs of students; on the downside, perceptions of leadership corruption already start at university level. These are among the findings of surveys conducted in 2009 by HERANA at the University of Nairobi, University of Dar es Salaam and University of Cape Town.

Overall, the...

19 July 2010

Development aid from donor countries to Africa is usually directed to issues identified as priorities in the home country's development agenda - issues such as HIV and Aids, poverty reduction, primary health care and food security, among others - according to Peter Maassen, professor of higher education at the University of Oslo. This kind of focus is often at the expense of high-level...

17 May 2010

Almost 16 years after 1994, at the Higher Education Summit of the Minister, a broad spectrum of the South African higher education community accepted differentiation as strategy to bring greater diversity and mission for purpose into the system. ...

16 November 2009

The research reflected in Responding to the Educational Needs of Post-School Youth indicates that in South Africa there are almost three million youth between the ages of 18 and 24 who are not in education, training or employment – a situation which points not only to a grave wastage of talent, but also to the possibility of serious social disruption. The authors in this work paint a...

09 November 2009

Nico Cloete, director of CHET, is critical of the CHE's recently published The State of Higher Education for its lack of depth and breadth, as well as its unjustifiable attempts to shift the blame for many of South African higher education's ills to the universities themselves: "The CHE report has a sub‐text that plays into this shifting of the 'blame' to the universities and...

15 October 2009

Lidia Brito, CHET board member, has been appointed as the head of the science policy division at UNESCO.
Dr Brito takes the position at a critical time given the development challenges that the world faces. Dr Brito has extensive international expertise and, combined with her experience in Mozambique, this makes her an ideal choice for the UNESCO position.
The CHET board wishes her...

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