Uncommon Wisdom

Uncommon Wisdom
Uncommon Wisdom
Making Co-operation work for South African Higher Education
Trish Gibbon and Angina Parekh


The first National Plan for Higher Education (2001) makes it clear that a decisive break is to be made with the voluntary model of co-operation. This sets the scene for the consortia to develop their response imperatives of a developing economy in the global arena. As networking organisations, they are ideally suited to this challenge; capable of working flexibly and responsively in bringing higher education institutions into interactive relationship with one another, as well as those active in social and economic development. Only by activating these relationships in mutually productive ways can we prepare to meet the enormous demand for highly-skilled human resources faced by a society likely to be ravaged by HIV/AIDS, and teetering at the poor end of development.



1. Statement of the Problem

2. Methodology and Research Procedure

3. Policy Positions with regard to Regional and Inter-institutional Co-operation

4. Inter-institutional Consortia and Other Co-operative Ventures

5. Major Challenges of the Present Context

6. A Theoretical Framework for Higher Education Co-operation

7. Models of Co-operation

8. Conclusion

  • Bibliography
  • Appendix: Questionnaire for Directors of Consortia
  • Extending the Network: Views of the Directors of the Academic Consortia in South Africa