CLE1.1: The Higher Education Context

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The Higher Education Context – Orientation to the South African Higher Education Planning, Policy and Regulatory Landscape course orients the delegate to the context Southern African public higher education institute staff must operate in, with consideration to local and global factors.

This key course sets the context in which staff working in South African public higher education institutions must operate. It provides an overview of key trends that impact on higher education globally, as well as specific planning and policy considerations in the South African higher education landscape. Against this broad background, the course turns to planning, governance and management within higher education institutions, considering the role of key structures such as Council, Senate and Institutional Management in the governance and management of the university, the contextual considerations that inform institutional planning, and the dynamics of institutional decision-making within various approaches to the organisational design of a university.


Course Coordinator:  Prof. Rene Pellissier
Course Administrator: Eileen Arnold
Course Facilitators:




Prof. Ahmed Bawa, USAf
Dr Whitfield Green, DHET
Dr Thandi Lewin, DHET
Prof. Lis Lange, UCT
Dr Derek Swemmer