Looking back into the future of

South African universities

Date: 23 October 2023 |  Time: 13:00-14:00Location: Virtual

The saying goes that hindsight is an exact science. ENGAGE 17 will reflect on the past and deliberate on the future of our universities.

In 2003, the higher education sector in South Africa found itself not merely confronting the imminence of extensive restructuring through mergers but was also contending with approximately 30 policy documents that exerted influence upon the sector. Advancing to 2023, a predominantly negative discourse persists regarding the governance of our institutions, the financial afflictions that are plaguing NSFAS, the dearth of leadership emanating from the sector, continuing institutional disruptions, and other related challenges.

The question arises: what progress has been made within these intervening two decades? To what degree have our universities, stabilised, matured and reoriented themselves towards a fundamentally altered world harbouring vastly dissimilar educational anticipations? The composition of our institutions, in terms of racial representation among both students and, to a lesser degree, lecturers, exhibits the external indicators of transformation. However, the extent to which deep and meaningful change has occurred remains questionable. As we venture into an uncertain and ambiguous future, and the opportunities we face, it is crucial to examine whether our universities are indeed on a transformative trajectory or not.

Exploring these issues will be Prof Barney Pityana, former Vice-Chancellor of UNISA (and former Chair of what is now USAf). This ENGAGE will take place on 23 October 2023 (13:00-14:00).

Once you have registered you can immediately add the event to your calendar (with all the Zoom details) or you will receive an email with the Zoom details for the engagement

Contact Details

For more information, please contact:
Michelle Buchler or Molatelo Motswe:
Email: helm@helm.ac.za

Register here

Date: 23 October 2023 |  Time: 13:00-14:00Location: Virtual