The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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"Past, present, and future is what this book documents and reveals about higher education in South Africa. Because place and space have contextual effects, the story of university education is told through the experiences of two schools - the University of Fort Hare and the University of the North; they are both similar and different. We are continuously reminded of the complexity of education in a democratic nation-state because of its two-fold goal of individual enhancement and community advancement. The consensus of the authors in this volume is that higher education as an institution in South Africa must be regenerated and reconfigured with more citizen participation to fulfill, simultaneously, global, national and local needs."
Charles V. Willie Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University

"This is a well researched account that deals with one of the burning issues that has confronted the South African system of higher education: the role and the future of historically black universities (HBUs). The authors look at different working models appropriate today for rural-based universities, and provide practical ideas with regard to ways in which HBUs can link up with institutions in the community, developing partnerships that will strengthen their work. I highly recommend this book to academics and policy makers interested in the development of higher education in Africa."
Peter Katjavivi, first Vice-Chancellor, University of Namibia, now Namibian Ambassador to Benelux countries

"This wonderfully reflective book brings out a wealth of insights in the story of two institutions which have never failed to inspire generations of students despite the problematic history of their origins and their contested adaptations to the major fault lines of South African history."
Professor Njabulo S Ndebele, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town

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Format : 148mm x 210mm
Pages : 184
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2155-5
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2155-0
Publish Year : 2006

1. Introduction
Mokubung Nkomo and Derrick Swartz

2. The repositioning of two South African universities
Botshabelo Maja, Andile Gwabeni and Phuti A Mokwele

3. Constructing a conceptual framework for HBUs in a developmental paradigm
Catherine A Odora Hoppers

4. Turfloop: where an idea was expressed, hijacked and redeemed
Abram L Mawasha

5. Fort Hare in its local context: a historical view
Sen Morrow

6. Intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial developments at the University of the North
Patrick FitzGerald

7. New pathways to sustainability: African universities in a globalising world
Derrick Swartz

Professor Mokubung Nkomo is in the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria. Prior to joining the university, he was the Executive Director of Education Policy at the Human Sciences Research Council. He has been involved with and has written extensively on education issues for several years.

Derrick Swartz is currently Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Fort Hare, one of South Africas oldest and most revered universities. He was appointed to this position in 1999, and has led the university into a period of reconstruction and development aimed at reviving the fortunes of Fort Hare in the democratic era. In recent years, he has been particularly interested in the changing political economy of higher education and the developmental role of universities in developing countries.

Botshabelo Maja is currently the Senior Executive Manager for Labour Market Policy in the Department of Labour. Maja has served as Project Leader on the Minister of Educations National Landscape Task Team, looking at historically black universities, using the Universities of the North and Fort Hare as case studies.

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