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21 October 2011

In 2007 in South Africa, 2.8 million 18–24-year-olds (out of a total population of 48 million) were classifi ed as being “not in education, employment or training” (or, NEET). Almost 1 million pupils needed multiple second-chance opportunities to complete school, while 800,000 who had obtained a final school leaving certificate required further education and training, and 1 million sought...

19 September 2011

Renewing CHET’s 2000 engagement with Manuel Castells has resulted in a new global project, starting with South Africa but ending up with an African component. The conceptual basis for the project is that a new form of productivity and productive organisation, no less significant than industrialisation, namely ‘informationalism’, has merged during the last two decades. In many countries and...

19 September 2011

Higher Education South Africa (HESA) commissioned CHET to facilitate a historic workshop between the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), and university vice-chancellors. The meeting resulted in a remarkable level of agreement amongst the usually discordant vice-chancellors.

HESA has now commissioned CHET to do a survey...

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. ...

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