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Languages of tuition remain controversial

The challenge of English as a medium of instruction at higher education institutions – where English opens up knowledge and global opportunities to students, but can also be discriminatory and exclusionary – is a challenge shared by many countries. Speakers

Posted in Independent Thinking, September 2016

Africa rising: Perspectives on the continent’s development

Nations that have excelled in innovation have benefited from substantial government investment in building a higher quality higher education system and training young minds in science, technology, IT and maths (STEM) and related fields said Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the

Posted in Independent Thinking, September 2016

‘Decolonisation’ of curricula

South Africa is grappling with decolonisation and universities have been looking at their curriculum in this regard for some time. This intensified towards the end of last year as decolonising education was among the issues under scrutiny during the rise

Posted in Independent Thinking, September 2016

Challenging mainstream rankings systems

Rankings are a reality. It is not possible to ignore them: they are widely reported on and watched by parents and employers. They can provide valuable information to all of us about the quality of education and research offered by

Posted in Independent Thinking, September 2016

Artisans Trained For North West Province

An NSF-funded R42.8-million programme to train artisans has integrated the needs of North West Province wit sector development needs and the skills training needs of its people. The Sizimisele-Seto Joint Venture North West Discretionary and Innovation Project put in place

Posted in Independent Thinking, September 2016

Unique Collaboration for skilling entrepreneurs

One of the biggest problems facing emerging entrepreneurs is a lack of skills, but often an even bigger problem is that they cannot find anyone to teach them these skills. A unique partnership between the DHET and the Small Enterprise

Posted in Independent Thinking, September 2016

National Skills Fund boosts post-school capacity

The National Skills Fund (NSF) contributes significantly to the capacity of the Post-school Education and Training (PSET) system, towards college capacity building and lecturer development, upgrading, refurbishing and construction of new infrastructure. The NSF continues to focus on broader PSET

Posted in Independent Thinking, September 2016

Deep Rural Corners: New campus for Limpopo

The design of the new Thabazimbi Waterberg campus in Limpopo is based on standard plans developed for a model Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Campus, which I approved in 2012. This campus design aims to build multipurpose campuses

Posted in August 2016, Independent Thinking

Professional development for TVET Campus Managers

As part of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges Turnaround Strategy, I recently launched the first phase of the professional development of college managers’ project. In its commitment to transformation, this government has increased the intake of

Posted in August 2016, Independent Thinking

Three UKZN Accounting Students in Top 12 of international competition

A University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) team of three third year accounting students has finished in the Top 12 of an international business management case study competition and will now compete for a place in the semifinals. The students are Mr

Posted in August 2016, Independent Thinking