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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...

06 July 2009

One of the five most cited social scientists in the world, Prof. Castells visited South Africa in August 2009 as part of project to develop an approach to strengthening social theory and PhD training, particularly in the social sciences and humanities. In Cape Town, Prof. Castells will be a resident visiting scholar at STIAS and will amongst others, give lectures and participate in seminars on...

06 July 2009

This is a report to Professor Jonathan Jansen, the Administrator appointed by the Minister of Education after an investigation by an Independent Assessor at Mangosutho University of Technology (MUT).

The report describes the deliberate dismantling of institutional structures and procedures which then has a curious ‘double’ effect, namely simultaneous centralisation and decentralisation...

06 July 2009

The report investigates the causes of disruption on the Mafikeng campus, the goals and objectives of the merger, the efficacy of governance structures and levels of social cohesion. The authors argue that the fundamental cause of the “disruptions, instability and discontent” at the Mafikeng campus is the collapse of the academic project, which feeds the perpetual staff and student discontent,...

01 July 2009

In this Special Africa Edition of University World News commission by CHET, leading intellectuals in South Africa and abroad tackle the topic of ‘Race and South African universities’, examining questions that have been missed in the media and exploring issues of racism on campuses, impacts of the Free State debacle and how higher education might go about mending the lingering damage to the...

01 July 2009

"While we have no quarrel with certain elements of a traditional role of a university, we can all agree that the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake has been found wanting." So says Jacob Zuma, President of the ANC, in his address to the higher education community on 10 March 2009.

 

Click here to read a full transcript of President...

01 July 2009

In late 2007, as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, CHET hosted a seminar in Cape Town on differentiation in African tertiary education - or more accurately, the lack of it. This is a problem hampering human development and preventing access to and the production of the range of skills across a variety of fields, types and levels that the continent needs to...

03 June 2009

The Association of African Universities (AAU) is happy to announce the appointment of Professor Goolam Mohamedbhai, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mauritius, as the new Secretary General of the Association of African Universities. The appointment takes effect on 1st August 2008. Professor Goolam Mohamedbhai, a citizen of Mauritius, was Vice-Chancellor of the University of...

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