Dialogues in Higher Education Seminar series

Dialogue one | A New Book on Post-2000 Higher Education in South Africa

Event place / date

12- 14 February 2010, Le Franschhoek Hotel, Franschhoek

Aims of Meeting

  • To discuss key problems/challenges facing the South African higher education system;
  • To stimulate a debate amongst academics, policy-makers and implementers in higher education institutions, government and the funding community; and
  • To inform the structure a new book that will provide new data and an analytical record of the post-2000 reforms in higher education in South Africa.


Friday 12 February
17h00Arrival and Drinks 
19h30Dinner, Welcome and Introductory comments 
Saturday 13 February
What are the opinions of informed practitioners and theoreticians about challenges facing SA HE?
– Introduction to discussion by Trish Gibbon
Chair: Rolf Stumpf
What do some key statistics say about the SA HE System?
What do some key statistics say about the SA HE System? – Introduction to discussion by Ian Bunting and Johann Mouton
Chair: Antony Melck
What can we learn from some international (Nordic, East Asia, US, Africa) case studies about national development and HE policies?
–Peter Maassen
Chair: Michael Young
16h00Break for town visit and enjoy great scenery 
19h45Supper and conversations 
Sunday 14 Feb
08h00Breakfast and check-out 
Ways of conceptualising a book and dialogues about post-2000 reforms in SA HE
– Introduction to the proposal by Nico Cloete and Peter Maassen
Chair: Teboho Moja
11h20Wrapping up
– Jo Muller
Chair: John Butler-Adam
12h30Light lunch & Depart 


Title Name Institution
ProfAndre du ToitEmeritus Professor of Politics, University of Cape Town
ProfAntony MelckExecutive Director, University of Pretoria
ProfChabani ManganyiChair, Council on higher Education
DrCharles SheppardDirector, Management Information, NMMU
MrFrancois van SchalkwykProject coordinator, CHET; University of the Western Cape
DrGerald OumaSenior Lecturer, CHET/ University of the Western Cape
DrIan BuntingChief Director, Department of Higher Education and Training
ProfJohan MullerDeputy Dean, Humanities. University of Cape Town
ProfJohann MoutonProfessor and Director of CREST, University of Stellenbosch
DrJohn Butler-AdamSenior Programme Officer, Ford Foundation
DrJudy BackhouseSenior Researcher, Council on Higher Education
ProfMichael YoungEmeritus Professor, Institute of Education, University of London
DrMolapo QhobelaDeputy Director-General, Department of Science & Technology
MsNasima BadshaChie Executive Officer, Cape Higher Education Consortium
ProfNjuguna N'getheProfessor of Sociology, University of Nairobi
ProfNico CloeteDirector, CHET / University of the Western Cape
MrPatricio LangaDoctoral Student, University of Cape Town
MrPaul LundallDoctoral Student, University of Cape Town
MsPenny VinjevoldHead, Western Cape Provincial Education Department
ProfPeter MaassenProfessor of Higher Education Studies, University of Oslo
DrPundy PillayExtra-ordinary Professor, UWC
DrRolf StumpfActing CEO, Council on Higher Education
DrSaleem BadatVC, Rhodes University
MrSamuel KiiruDoctoral Student, University of Nairobi
ProfTeboho MojaProfessor Higher Education Studies, New York University
DrThierry LuescherPost-doc, University of the Western Cape
MsTracy BaileyProject Manager, Centre for Higher Education Transformation
MsTrish GibbonDirector Planning, University of Johannesburg