Higher Education Masters in Africa

As at August 2013, 21 students have been involved in the HEMA Programme, distributed over three cohorts. The graduate destinations of former HEMA students, mostly in their countries of origin, so far are: continuing PhD studies, higher education policy consultant, officer in the ministry of education, university lecturer, academic publisher, university deputy registrar, and director of an international education exchange NGO.

Without the NORHED funding, this masters programme will come to end during 2014. The UWC Faculty of Education and the newly-formed Institute for Post-school Studies are developing a new five-year programme proposal. 

In January 2013 the University of Oslo (Peter Maasen-UiO), University of the Western Cape (Gerald Ouma), Eduardo Mondlane University (Patricio Langa- EMU) and the Centre for Higher Education Transformation (Nico cloete- CHET) with funding from the Norad/NOMA Masters in Higher Education cooperation project, hosted a summer school for post-graduate higher education studies students. The summer school, From Principles to Practice: Higher Education Policy and Research Project Management, reflected on two increasingly important but seldom-addressed topics in doctoral education: research project management and policy formation in higher education.

The summer school was research-orientated and based mainly on the ongoing research projects of the participating professors. These projects served as examples through which the students were introduced to challenges and recent changes in the research and policy worlds. The summer school aimed to provide the participants with an inside view into the working life of an externally-funded research project and the process of application, planning for outcomes, and possible policy effects.

Over 30 masters and PhD students from New York University, the University of Melbourne, University of the Western Cape, University of Oslo and Eduardo Mondlane University attended the summer school. (Click here for a list of participants) Guest lecturers included Teboho Moja, Professor, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development: New York University; Johan Muller, Professor, School of Education: University of Cape Town; Bjørn Stensaker, Professor, Faculty of Educational Sciences: University of Oslo; Julian May, Professor of Development Studies: University of the Western Cape; and Hamish Coates, LH Martin Institute: University of Melbourne.

Based on the success of the Cape Town summer school, a second summer school is being planned for Melbourne early in 2014.


COHORT 1 Graduates (commenced study in January 2008)

  1. Nita Chivwara. Governance of higher education demand and supply in Malawi.
  2. Sam Fongwa. The contribution of higher education to regional socio-economic development: A case study of the University of Buea in the Fako Region, Cameroon. (Cum laude)
  3. Angolwisye M. Mwollo-Ntallima. Higher Education and democracy: A study of students’ and student leaders’ attitudes towards democracy in Tanzania. (Cum laude)
  4. Hanitra Rasoanampoizina. Higher education access policy changes during the last two decades in Madagascar (1990-2008).
  5. François van Schalkwyk. Responsiveness and its institutionalisation in higher education.
  6. Pam Watson. Contextual and policy positioning of higher education for development: a comparative study of two Southern African countries.

COHORT 2 (commenced study in August 2009)

  1. Daniel Chihombori. Cost-Sharing in higher education financing in Zimbabwe, 1957-2009: A historiography.
  2. Lucky Kgosithebe. Higher Education and democracy: Attitudes and behaviours of students and student leaders towards democracy in Botswana.
  3. Domingos Jaime Langa. Understanding the process of defining the roles of public universities in Mozambique: The cases of Eduardo Mondlane University and Pedagogical University.
  4. Keitumetse Gofaone Lebotse. Organisational assessment of the Tertiary Education Council in Botswana.
  5. Doreen Nakasaga Lwanga. Investigating the extent to which institutionalisation of donor funding strengthens the academic core at Makerere University, Kampala.
  6. Refiloe Moratuoa Mohlakoana. Students’ experiences of the work-study programme at the University of the Western Cape.

COHORT 3 (commmenced study in August 2011)

  1. Lineo Kolosoa. Responding to challenges of knowledge production  in Southern Africa: the comparison of Botswana and Lesotho.
  2. Randall Stephen Lange. Student engagement with citizenship at UCT: The contribution of curricular, co-curricular and community involvement
  3. Agnes Lutomiah. An examination of incentive and reward structures for knowledge production: The case of the University of Nairobi.
  4. Ntimi Mtawa. Knowledge connectivity, academic core and pact in community engagement: The models of Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania and Stellenbosh University in South Africa.




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