The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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This is an important and timely contribution to the highly polarised debate on public and private higher education in South Africa. Neither overtly for the private provision of higher education, nor against, it begins from the assumption that private provision is a reality to be engaged with and that what is required is policy and practice which ensures that private higher education institutions function to increase skills levels in line with national higher education objectives.

Based on an empirical, qualitative investigation, the study builds a systematic picture of two distinct sub-sectors within private provision and uses this as a basis for understanding the potentially complementary or competitive role of private institutions in the sector as a whole. This analysis prompts a re-examination of the distinction between the private and the public, between complementarity and competition, and points to ways of engaging the two sub-sectors so as to promote national skills development. This book is essential reading for anyone involved in higher education.

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Format : 148mm x 210mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 164
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2039-7
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2039-3
Publish Year : 2004
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List of figures and tables

Acknowledgments

Introduction



1. The conceptual and empirical approach


2. Tracing origins and history


3. Exploring demand: contemporary vision and identity


4. Exploring student demand


5. Engaging with the dimensions of finance and governance


6. Engaging with private sub-sectors

Appendix

References

Index

Glenda Kruss is a chief research specialist at the HSRC. She holds a DPhil from the University of Ulster and was Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of the Western Cape. Glenda has published widely, with a particular focus on education policy implementation. Her recent research has focused on higher education, exploring the nature of private provision, the issue of higher education responsiveness to economic and social needs and higher education-industry innovation partnerships.

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