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21March

New partnerships can help universities regain public trust

New partnerships can help universities regain public trust

South African universities face a crisis of public confidence and the sector needs to find new ways of working together and with their broader society if they are to fulfil their mandates and support the survival of the country’s higher education system, according to Universities South Africa (USAf) Chief Executive Officer Professor Ahmed Bawa.

Speaking at the annual leadership retreat convened by Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement and attended by government, civil society and higher education representatives, Bawa reminded delegates how universities had been portrayed by the media during the #FeesMustFall student protests that spread nationwide in 2015.

21March

Institutional culture – Still a cover for racists?

Institutional culture – Still a cover for racists?

Universities in South Africa are still producing “racialised outcomes” as a result of their institutional cultures, participants at a higher education leadership retreat recently convened in Cape Town were told.

Vice-chancellors have a duty to investigate and reform the institutional cultures which continue to offer cover for racists and-or misogynists despite government efforts to address transformation, said Yunus Ballim, vice-chancellor at Sol Plaatje University, one of the country’s youngest universities which opened in 2014 in the Northern Cape province.

20March

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: THURSDAY 21 MARCH 2019

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: THURSDAY 21 MARCH 2019

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day in South Africa is marked on 21 March, commemorating when 69 people died and 180 people were wounded when police fired on a crowd protesting against pass laws in Sharpeville in 1960. On this date South Africans are reminded of their rights, and the sacrifices made to entrench those rights. South Africa’s Bill of Rights is found in chapter 2 of the Constitution.
For a copy of the Constitution: http://www.justice.gov.za/legislation/constitution/saconstitution-web-eng.pdf

26February

SA UNIVERSITIES MUST ADAPT TO CHANGING INTERNATIONAL FUNDING TRENDS

SA UNIVERSITIES MUST ADAPT TO CHANGING INTERNATIONAL FUNDING TRENDS

International support for South African higher education institutions (HEIs) has shifted markedly since the country rejoined the international community in 1994, says Ghaleeb Jeppie, Chief Director: International Relations, Department of Higher Education and Training.

21February

Inyathelo holds digital fundraising workshop for NPOs

Inyathelo holds digital fundraising workshop for NPOs

About 35 representatives of NPOs and universities, from Cape Town and Johannesburg, attended a digital fundraising workshop at Inyathelo’s Civil Society Sustainability Centre on 12 February.

20February

WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

COMMENT FROM INYATHELO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NAZEEMA MOHAMED

The World Day of Social Justice, 20 February, has been marked since 2009 by the United Nations. The 2019 theme is: If you want peace and development, work for social justice.

25January

Funding our future

Funding our future

At the recent Inyathelo Leadership Retreat (Cape Town, 21-23 January) there was critical comment and reflection on funding opportunities using the ASPIHE Report as a foundation. This is an annual survey on philanthropy in higher education that has proven to offer valuable insights – previously, information was sparse and scattered.

23January

University of the Western Cape creative arts choir

uwcGuests at the Inyathelo Leadership Retreat dinner on 21 January were treated to a great performance by the University of the Western Cape creative arts choir, led by music director Sibusiso Njeza. This renowned choir has won numerous accolades, including the Western Cape Choral Music Competition, and on many successive years, the South African Tertiary Institutions Choral Association competition.


Click here to watch on YouTube.

23January

Lessons from UK’s austerity and looming Brexit for SA higher education

Lessons from UK’s austerity and looming Brexit for SA higher education

Delegate to your teams, communicate with them and nurture your relationship with your governing body, when preparing for turbulent times at institutes of higher learning.

22January

University leaders celebrate success of US$22,4 million capacity building programme

University leaders celebrate success of US$22,4 million capacity building programme

Local and international leaders in Higher Education are marking the completion of a 13-year, US$22,4 million capacity-building programme that has boosted the sustainability of many South African universities and contributed to new university infrastructure, staff, student and research funding, and bursaries.

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