The student-centred university

Date: Tuesday, 28 March 2023 |  Time: 14:00 – 15:30 |  Location: Virtual

In this ENGAGE, we examine a recently released research project, undertaken by the University of the Free State and spanning two years. The aim of the project was to create a deeper understanding of how institutional cultures could be reshaped to create a student-centred higher education system in South Africa.

The project arose out of USAf’s Transformation Strategy Group (TSG) who initiated a project to design student-centred universities and a student-centred higher education system in South Africa. An important aspect of the TSG’s transformation agenda is the advancement of thinking about the ways in which institutional cultures could be changed and how the developmental needs of students could become central to the configuration of the higher education system.

This research study indicated that there are three clusters of values that underpin a student-centred higher education system, namely: Inter-connectedness, Human Dignity and Equitable Access. Furthermore, the data revealed that the formation of the personhood of the student is at the core of a student-centred system. This formation is the result of continuous reciprocal interaction between individual students and the multi-dimensional higher education context. The lead researcher, Dr WP Wahl, Director: Student Life will be joined by Prof André Keet, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Engagement and Transformation at Nelson Mandela University and Prof Ahmed Bawa, visiting professor at Tokyo College on Tuesday, 28th March 2023 (14:00—15:30). Together, they will unpack these findings and consider the implications for universities.

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Michelle Buchler or Molatelo Motswe:

Tuesday, 28th March 2023 (14:00—15:30)

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