Research area: Knowledge production
The Green Paper released by the Department of Higher Education and Training (January 2012) foregrounds knowledge production with a focus on increasing doctoral output and participation. CHET can take credit for foregrounding the ‘knowledge production’ dimension (which came directly from the HERANA academic core project). CHET's research on knowledge production can be divided into two broad areas:
- The doctorate
- Policies and institutional strategies for increased knowledge production
The establishment of a doctoral database and increasing policy interest in the doctorate led to CHET (in partnership with CREST) to commit to publishing a book on the doctorate in South Africa. The book is provisionally entitled The Doctorate in South Africa: Growth, Efficiency, Transformation and Quality. The launch of the book will take place in 2014.
The doctoral data have also proved to be relevant to the 2013 National Research Foundation/Carnegie workshop on doctoral production in Africa. Using the Carnegie and HERANA projects, CHET presented data on the doctorate in terms of the longitudinal study and performance in South Africa and Africa. In its article ‘Where to from here for the African PhD?’ University World News reported on the workshop as follows:
There is broad agreement that Africa needs tens of thousands more PhDs, to renew an ageing professoriate and to staff rapidly expanding higher education, boost research and generate the high-level skills growing economies need. How is this to be achieved? Last week African university leaders and experts thrashed out a range of proposals, including on networks and collaboration, supervision incentives and the diaspora, political support and funding.
Policies and institutional strategies for increased knowledge production
Linked to the research being done on the doctorate, is a second CHET publication consisting of a collection of chapters covering international approaches to knowledge production in higher education, South African polices and performance, the international impact of South African publications, university-industry linkages, and case studies on how five South African universities strengthened their knowledge production. The book will be launched in the second half of 2014.
The data collected and analysed for this study coincided with the joint OECD/Swedish Sida Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development (IHERD) project. CHET was invited to make presentations in Marseille, Addis Abba and Stockholm on the topics of ‘Challenges and Opportunities for African Universities to Increase Knowledge Production’ and ‘Strengthening knowledge production in universities: Five South African case studies’.
Papers and reports
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