Tag: CHET

On the move towards research-led universities – Meeting of the HERANA project discusses institutional change in African flagship universities

This guest entry is written by Jens Jungblut and summarises some of the key activities at a recent HERANA workshop in Cape Town. Jens is currently a post-doctoral researcher at INCHER, University of Kassel. 

From November 20 until November 24 the Center for Higher Education Trust (CHET) organized a workshop in the context of the HERANA research project in Cape Town. During this meeting representatives of seven flagship universities from different Sub-Saharan African countries discussed together with a group of international experts the institutional developments of the different universities on their road to becoming research-led universities.

HERANA workshop participants

The workshop started out with a presentation of the activities of CHET by its director Nico Cloete, which was followed by a short lecture from Peter Maassen, professor of higher education at the Department of Education at the University of Oslo, who presented findings from a research project that investigated the characteristics of research flagship universities in Europe highlighting commonalities but also differences between several successful institutions. Afterwards, Åse Gornitzka, professor of political science at the University of Oslo, discussed organizational change processes in higher education with an emphasis on explanations from organizational theories why change processes can be slow, unpredictable and sometimes even fail. Professor Leo Goedegebuure, director at the LH Martin Institute in Melbourne, presented to the participants recent developments in higher education in South-East Asia and offered some conclusions on institutional factors that allowed some universities in Asia to strengthen their research function and catch up with global developments. His presentation was followed by a reflection from Fred Hayward on his work during the last years for USAID supporting the reform of higher education in Afghanistan in which he also highlighted some common challenges between Africa and Afghanistan.




Hedda podcast: The future of South African youth with Prof. Teboho Moja

Episode 40 of our podcast series features Professor Teboho Moja (New York University). She shares her experiences with a recent CHET project on South African youth that identified that as much as one third of South African youth in the age of 15-24 was outside the labour market as well as educational opportunities – as such being a “social time bomb“. In the interview she reflects on some of the findings of the project and gives some suggestions on the possible ways forward.

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Teboho Moja has held key positions at several South African universities as well as being appointed the chair of the board of the University of South Africa and she is a member of the board for several international organisations (UNESCO IIEP and World Education Market). She has worked as a policy analyst and was appointed as the Executive Director and Commissioner to the National Commission on Higher Education by President Mandela. Professor Moja has also been a visiting professor in Oslo as well as Tampere for the Hedda Master programme in higher education. Currently, she is a Clinical Professor at New York University.

Her research interests are focused on higher education reform issues in governance and policy, as well as the impact of globalization on higher education and she has authored a number of publications related to these issues as well as topics related to South African educational system and changes since 1994.

See also an earlier Hedda podcast with Professor Teboho Moja on issues related to reform of higher education and changes in South African educational system.




International Higher Education Podcast: Episode 15

CHER Keynote topic: Higher Education and Development

Episode Summary

Episode 15 of our podcast series features Nico Cloete as he delivers the key note speech on “Higher Education and Development” to open the 23rd Annual CHER Conference.  This keynote presentation reports on a study, undertaken by the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa, which investigated the complex links between higher education and development.

Dr. Nico Cloete is professor of Higher Education at the University of the Western Cape and honorary research fellow at University of Cape Town. He is also a full-time director of CHET, the Centre for Higher Education Transformation.




International Higher Education Podcast: Episode 5



Higher Education in Africa

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Nico Cloete

Episode Summary

Episode 5 of our podcast features an interview with Dr. Nico Cloete, as he shares his perspective on Higher Education in Africa.

Dr. Nico Cloete
is professor of Higher Education at the University of the Western Cape and honorary research fellow at University of Cape Town. He is also a full-time director of CHET, the Centre for Higher Education Transformation.




International Higher Education Podcast: Episode 3

The International Higher Education Podcast is back for the new academic year, and back with a new format. Our new format features one interview per episode and a shorter program length.

Higher Education in South Africa

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Thierry LuescherEpisode Summary
Episode 3 of our podcast features an interview with Dr. Thierry Luescher, as he shares his perspective on Higher Education in South Africa. Dr. Luescher is a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, located at the University of the Western Cape.  He is also a researcher with CHET, the Centre for Higher Education Transformation.