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Global Pressures and Local Realities in South Africa

Nico Cloete, Richard Fehnel, Peter Maassen, Teboho Moja, Helene Perold & Trish Gibbon

R180.00 :: 1-91987-234-2 :: 224 pages :: 141 x 270 mm :: soft cover

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Publications on higher education are not new. But this volume, which is the first of its kind as a collective effort of tracing and examining the twists and turns taken by processes of change in the South African higher education system in a context of profound societal and global transformation, adds a fresh dimension to the debate. In its examination of the extent to which the changes were in line with policy intention, particularly with regard to equity, democratisation, responsiveness and efficiency, and how a new institutional landscape started emerging, it makes a momentous contribution to the current debate about higher education restructuring.

Njabulo Ndebele, Vice-chancellor, University of Cape Town and Chair of the South African Association of University Vice-chancellors.

This book addresses a rich variety of issues on South African higher education. It puts these in the relevant context of the process of globalisation and it shows that the South African experiences offer us a lot to learn. Highly recommended for those who are intrigued by the innovations taking place in South African higher education as well as for those who intend to grasp the effects of globalisation.

Frans van Vught, Rector Magnificus and founding Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Twente, Netherlands.


Acknowledgements v
About the editors and writers viii
Acronyms xi

Introduction 1

Section 1
The transformation context 11
Chapter 1: Global reform trends in higher education
Peter Maassen and Nico Cloete 13
Chapter 2: The higher education landscape under apartheid
Ian Bunting 58
Chapter 3: Policy expectations
Nico Cloete 87

Section 2
The South African experience 109
Part 1 Funding and Students
Introduction 110
Chapter 4: Funding
Ian Bunting
Chapter 5: Students
Ian Bunting 147
Conclusion 174
Part 2 Staff and Leadership
Introduction 182
Chapter 6: Staff
Trish Gibbon and Jane Kabaki 186
Chapter 7: Leadership
Tembile Kulati and Teboho Moja 230
Conclusion 291
Part 3 Curriculum and Research
Introduction 266
Chapter 8: Curriculum
Paula Ensor 270
Chapter 9: Research
Ahmed Bawa and Johann Mouton 296
Part 4 The New Terrain
Introduction 340
Chapter 10: Private higher education
Richard Fehnel 345
Chapter 11: The emergent landscape
Nico Cloete and Richard Fehnel 376
Conclusion 405

Section 3
The dynamics of change 411
Introduction 412
Chapter 12: New South African Realities
Nico Cloete 414
Chapter 13: The limits of policy
Nico Cloete and Peter Maassen

Appendix 1
Commissioned papers and Case studies
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
Reference group
Appendix 4
Profile of public institutions in the South African higher
education system. Selected statistics for 2000