Provisional Conference Programme

2nd USAf Higher Education Conference 2021, 6-8 October 2021

Programme outline:

WEDNESDAY 06 OCTOBER 2021

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08:30 – 09:30REGISTRATION, TEA AND COFFEE ON ARRIVAL

IGNITING CONVERSATIONS: THE ENGAGED UNIVERSITY

CONFERENCE OPENING | SESSION 1-3 | 09:30 – 10:30

Session 1
09:30 – 09:40
WELCOME | Professor Sibongile Muthwa | Chairperson Universities South Africa | Vice-Chancellor – Nelson Mandela University
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Venue 1 & Digital
Session 2
09:40 – 09:50
OFFICIAL CONFERENCE OPENING | Professor Ahmed Bawa | Chief Executive Officer – Universities South Africa
The National Higher Education Conference – 2021 – Reflecting on the Conference Theme
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Venue 1 & Digital
Session 3
09:50 – 10:30
OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Dr Blade Nzimande | Honourable Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology
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Venue 1 & Digital

SESSION 4 | 10:30 – 12:00 | PLENARY SESSION 1, 2 & 3 INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER SESSION

Session 4A
10:30 – 11:00
PLENARY SESSION 1 | Professor Ira Harkavy | Vice-Chancellor & Chair, International Consortium on Higher EducationVenue 1 & Digital
Session 4A
10:30 – 11:00
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng | Vice-Chancellor – University of Cape TownVenue 1 & Digital
Session 4B
11:00 – 11:30
PLENARY SESSION 2 | Dr Hilligje van’t Land | Secretary-General, International Association of Universities (IAU) | Executive Director, International Universities BureauVenue 1 & Digital
Session 4C
11:30 – 12:00
PLENARY SESSION 3A | Professor McCowan, Tristan | UCL Institute of Education, University College London | Principal investigator for the Transforming Universities for a Changing Climate research project.Venue 1 & Digital
Session 4D
12:00 – 12:15
PLENARY SESSION 3 B | Professor Laura Pereira | Stockholm Resilience Centre – Stockholm University | EXXARO CHAIR – University of the Witwatersrand | Global Change Institute, Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch UniversityVenue 1 & Digital
Session 4B&C
11:00 – 12:15
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Chris Nhlapo | Vice-Chancellor – Cape Peninsula University of TechnologyVenue 1 & Digital
12:15 – 12:30PHOTO SESSIONAllocated Venue
12:30 – 13:30LUNCHDining Venue

SESSION 5 | 13:30 – 15:00 | PLENARY SESSION 4 & 5 | REIMAGINING ENGAGEMENT AND TRANSFORMATION

Session 5A
13:30 – 13:35
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Professor Xoliswa Mtose | Vice-Chancellor – University of ZululandVenue 1 & Digital
Session 5B
13:35 – 14:05
PLENARY SESSION 4 | Dr Thandi Lewin | A-DDG University Branch – Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) – The Year in ReviewVenue 1 & Digital
Session 5C
14:05 – 14:35
PLENARY SESSION 5 | Professor Sibongile Muthwa | Chairperson Universities South Africa | Vice-Chancellor – Nelson Mandela University – The Transformative, Responsive University in South AfricaVenue 1 & Digital
Session 5
13:30 – 15:00
SESSION CHAIR | Professor André Keet | Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Engagement and Transformation – Nelson Mandela UniversityVenue 1 & Digital
15:00 – 15:30Tea Break 

STRATEGY GROUPS | SESSION 1 | REFLEXIVE CONVERSATIONS

Session 6 A-E
15:30 – 17:00
STRATEGY GROUPS 1 – 5 – CONCURRENT SESSIONS – 90 MINUTES 

TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGY GROUP (TLSG) | SESSION 1 – 90 MINUTES

Session 6A
15:30 – 17:00
SESSION THEME – THE ENGAGED UNIVERSITY AND TEACHING AND LEARNING, DECOLONISATION & SCHOLARSHIPDigital – Room 1
Session 6A-1
15:30 – 15:35
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Dr Sizwe Mabizela | Chairperson – USAf Teaching and Learning Strategy Group | Vice-Chancellor – Rhodes UniversityDigital – Room 1
Session 6A–2
15:35 – 16:05
SESSION SUB-THEME | PART 1 | TRANSFORMATION OF HUMANITIES DISCIPLINES
SPEAKER | Professor Vasu Reddy
| Dean of Humanities – University of Pretoria
Digital – Room 1
Session 6A–3
16:05 – 16:30
SESSION SUB-THEME | PART 2 | TEACHING AND LEARNING
SPEAKER | Professor Lis Lange
| Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning – University of Cape Town
Digital – Room 1
6A–2 & 6A–3
15:30 – 16:30
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Sakhela Buhlungu | Vice Chancellor – University of Fort HareDigital – Room 1
Session 6A–4
16:30 – 17:00
SESSION SUB-THEME | PART 3 | TECHNOLOGY-ENHANCED TEACHING AND LEARNING FOR ENGAGEMENT
SPEAKER | Professor Tshilidzi Marwala
| Vice-Chancellor – University of Johannesburg
Digital – Room 1
Session 6A–4
16:30 – 17:00
SESSION CHAIR | Dr Sizwe Mabizela | Chairperson – USAf Teaching and Learning Strategy Group | Vice-Chancellor – Rhodes UniversityDigital – Room 1

TRANSFORMATION STRATEGY GROUP (TSG) | SESSION 1 – 90 MINUTES

Session 6B
15:30 – 17:00
SESSION THEME | THE ENGAGED UNIVERSITY AND TRANSFORMATIONDigital – Room 2
Session 6B-1
15:30 – 15:35
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Professor Tyrone Pretorius | Vice-Chancellor – University of the Western CapeDigital – Room 2
Session 6B-2
15:35 – 15:55
SPEAKER 1 | Professor André Keet | Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Engagement and Transformation – Nelson Mandela UniversityDigital – Room 2
Session 6B-3
15:55 – 16:15
SPEAKER 2 | Professor Puleng LenkaBula | Chairperson –USAf Transformation Strategy Group | Vice-Chancellor – University of South AfricaDigital – Room 2
Session 6B-4
16:15 – 16:30
SPEAKER 3 | Dr Leslie van Rooy |Senior Director of Social Impact and Transformation – Stellenbosch UniversityDigital – Room 2
Session 6B
15:30 – 16:30
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Langa Khumalo | Executive Director: South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) (DSI) – North-West University | Chairperson – USAf Community of Practice for African Languages (CoPAL)Digital – Room 2
Session 6B-5
16:30 – 17:00
PANEL DISCUSSIONDigital – Room 2
Session 6B-5-1
16:30 – 16:36
RESPONDENT 1 | Ms Lerato Mphahlele | Previous NEC Member –South African Union of Students (SAUS)Digital – Room 2
Session 6B-5-2
16:36 – 16:42
RESPONDENT 2 | Mr George Mvalo | Director: Social Justice and Transformation – Vaal University of Technology & Chairperson – USAf Transformation Managers’ Forum (TMF)Digital – Room 2
Session 6B-5-3
16:42 – 16:48
RESPONDENT 3 | Mr Siseko H Kumalo | PhD candidate – University of Pretoria & AuthorDigital – Room 2
Session 6B-5-4
16:48 – 16:54
RESPONDENT 4 | Mr Cas Coovadia| Chief Executive Officer – Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)Digital – Room 2
Session 6B-5
16:30 – 17:00
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Thandwa Mthembu | Vice-Chancellor – Durban University of TechnologyDigital – Room 2

FUNDING STRATEGY GROUP (FSG) | SESSION 1 – 90 MINUTES

Session 6C
15:30 – 17:00
SESSION THEME | SUSTAINABLE UNIVERSITY FUNDING IN AN UNEQUAL SOCIETYDigital – Room 3
Session 6C-1
15:30 – 15:35
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Professor Gerald Ouma | Senior Director: Institutional Planning – University of PretoriaDigital – Room 3
Session 6C-2
15:35 – 16:05
SPEAKER 1 | Mr Buti Kgwaridi Manamela | Deputy Minister for Higher Education, Science & InnovationDigital – Room 3
Session 6C-3
16:05 – 16:30
SPEAKER 2 | Professor Gerald Ouma | Senior Director: Institutional Planning – University of PretoriaDigital – Room 3
Session 6C-4
16:30 – 16:45
SPEAKER 3 | Mr Hardy Maritz | Acting Chief Financial Officer – University of Cape TownDigital – Room 3
Session 6C-5
16:45 – 17:00
SPEAKER 4 | Ms Phumelelani Mshumi | President of the Student Representative Council (SRC) – University of the Western CapeDigital – Room 3
Session 6C
15:35 – 17:00
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Yunus Ballim | University of the Witwatersrand | Previous Vice-Chancellor and Principal – Sol Plaatje UniversityDigital – Room 3

WORLD OF WORK STRATEGY GROUP (WSG) | SESSION 1 – 90 Minutes

Session 6D
15:30 – 17:00
SESSION THEME | UNIVERSITIES AND THE 4-IR LABOUR MARKETDigital – Room 4
Session 6D-1PANEL DISCUSSION: TECHNOLOGICAL DISRUPTION – THE NATIONAL AGENDA ON 4IR – Labour Market Analytical Review – Megatrends in the PSET SystemDigital – Room 4
Session 6D-2
15:30 – 15:35
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Professor Henk de Jager | Chairperson – USAf World of Work Strategy Group & Vice-Chancellor – Central University of TechnologyDigital – Room 4
Session 6D-3
15:35 – 16:00
SPEAKER 1 | Mr Ebrahim Patel (MP) | Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition – Presidential Commission on 4IR – Presidential CommissionDigital – Room 4
Session 6D-4
16:00 – 16:20
SPEAKER 2 | Dr Phil Mjwara | Director-General – Department of Science and InnovationDigital – Room 4
Session 6D
15:30 – 16:20
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Ahmed Bawa | Chief Executive Officer – Universities South AfricaDigital – Room 4
Session 6D-5
16:20 – 17:00
PANEL DISCUSSIONDigital – Room 4
Session 6D-5-1
16:20 – 16:30
RESPONDENT 1 | Mr Sipho Pityana | President – Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)Digital – Room 4
Session 6D-5-2
16:30 – 16:40
RESPONDENT 2 | Mr Sikhumbuzo Ngcobo | Director: Public Sector – Microsoft South AfricaDigital – Room 4
Session 6D-5-3
16:40 – 16:50
RESPONDENT 3 | Mr Wayne Adams | Chief Executive Officer – Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA)Digital – Room 4
Session 6D-5
16:20 – 17:00
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Peter Mbati | Vice-Chancellor – Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences UniversityDigital – Room 4

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION STRATEGY GROUP (RISG) | SESSION 1 – 90 Minutes

Session 6E
15:30 – 17:00
SESSION THEME | RESEARCH IMPACTDigital – Room 5
Session 6E-1
15:30 – 15:35
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Professor Thoko Mayekiso | Chairperson – USAf Research and Innovation Strategy Group & Vice-Chancellor – University of MpumalangaDigital – Room 5
Session 6E-2
15:35 – 16:00
SPEAKER 1 | Professor Fulufhelo Nelwamondo | Chief Executive Officer – National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF)Digital – Room 5
Session 6E-3
16:00 – 16:25
SPEAKER 2 |Dr McLean Sibanda | Managing Director – Bigen Global LimitedDigital – Room 5
Session 6E-4
16:25 – 16:50
SPEAKER 3 | Professor Lynn Morris | Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation | Vice-Chancellor – University of the WitwatersrandDigital – Room 5
Session 6E
15:30 – 17:00
SESSION CHAIR | Dr Thandi Mgwebi | Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation, and Internationalisation – Nelson Mandela UniversityDigital – Room 5

THURSDAY 07 OCTOBER 2021

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PLENARY SESSION 6 | COUNCIL ON HIGHER EDUCATION | SESSION – 90 Minutes

Session 7
09:30 – 11:00
SESSION THEME | REIMAGINING UNIVERSITY ENGAGEMENT WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF A RESPONSIVE, RESPONSIBLE, AND TRANSFORMATIVE UNIVERSITYVenue 1 & Digital
Session 7-1
09:30 – 09:40
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Professor Themba Mosia| Chairperson – Council on Higher Education, University of PretoriaVenue 1 & Digital
Session 7-2
09:40 – 10:20
SPEAKER 1 | Professor Phindile Lukhele-Olorunju | Director Research Management, University of MpumalangaVenue 1 & Digital
Session 7-3
10:20 – 11:00
SPEAKER 2 | Professor Salim Vally | Director: Centre for Education Rights & Transformation, University of JohannesburgVenue 1 & Digital
Session 7
09:30 – 11:00
SESSION CHAIR | Dr Whitfield Green | Chief Executive Officer – Council on Higher EducationVenue 1 & Digital
11:00 – 11:30MORNING TEAVENUE

STRATEGY GROUPS | SESSION 2 | REFLEXIVE CONVERSATIONS

TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGY GROUP (TLSG) | SESSION 2 – 90 Minutes

Session 8A
11:30 – 13:00
SESSION THEME | TEACHING AND LEARNING AT THE THEORY – PRAXIS NEXUSDigital – Room 1
Session 8A-1
11:30 – 11:35
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Dr Thandi Lewin | A-DDG University Branch – Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)Digital – Room 1
Session 8A-2
11:35 – 12:05
SESSION SUB-THEME | PART 1 | PROFESSIONAL AND STATUTORY BODY PARTNERSHIPS IN PRACTICE, IE, SAICA | SPEAKER | Dr Sizwe Mabizela | Vice – Chancellor – Rhodes University & Chairperson of the USAf Teaching and Learning Strategy GroupDigital – Room 1
Session 8A-3
12:05 – 12:30
SESSION SUB-THEME | PART 2 | PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
SPEAKERS | Ms Chantyl Mulder CA (SA)
| Executive Director -The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) & Mr Robert Zwane – The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)
Digital – Room 1
Session 8A-4
12:30 – 13:00
SESSION SUB-THEME | PART 3 | PRODUCING GRADUATES EQUIPPED FOR THE FUTURE SPEAKER | Dr Noluthando Toni | Acting Executive Dean: Learning & Teaching – Nelson Mandela UniversityDigital – Room 1
Session 8A
11:30 – 13:00
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Francois Strydom | Senior Director: Academic Centre for Teaching and Learning – University of the Free StateDigital – Room 1

TRANSFORMATION STRATEGY GROUP (TSG) | SESSION 2 – 90 Minutes

Session 8B
11:30 – 13:00
SESSION THEME | STUDENT CENTRED UNIVERSITIESDigital – Room 2
Session 8B-1
11:30 – 11:35
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Dr Saloschini Pillay | Manager: College of Health Sciences Student Support Services – University of KwaZulu-NatalDigital – Room 2
Session 8B-2
11:35 – 11:55
SPEAKER 1 | Dr Sibusiso Chalufu | President – South African Association of Senior Student Affairs Professionals (SAASSAP) | Executive Director: Student Life and Transformation – North-West UniversityDigital – Room 2
Session 8B-3
11:55 – 12:15
SPEAKER 2 | Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng | Vice-Chancellor – University of Cape TownDigital – Room 2
Session 8B-3
12:15 – 13:00
PANEL DISCUSSION & QA SESSIONDigital – Room 2
Session 8B-4-1
12:15 – 12:25
RESPONDENT 1 | Mr Luthando Jack | Dean of Students -Nelson Mandela UniversityDigital – Room 2
Session 8B-4-2
12:25 – 12:35
RESPONDENT 2 | Ms Nobubele Phuza | nGAP Lecturer Nelson Mandela UniversityDigital – Room 2
Session 8B-4-3
12:35 – 12:45
RESPONDENT 3 | Dr W.P Wahl | Researcher and Director: Student Affairs | University of the Free StateDigital – Room 2
Session 8B-4-4
12:45 – 12:55
RESPONDENT 4 | Professor Pamela Dube | Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Development and Support – University of the Western CapeDigital – Room 2
Session 8B
11:30 – 13:00
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Lourens van Staden | Vice-Chancellor – Tshwane University of TechnologyDigital – Room 2

FUNDING STRATEGY GROUP (FSG) | SESSION 2 – 90 Minutes

Session
11:30 – 13:00
SESSION THEME | FUNDING FOR INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTDigital – Room 3
Session 8C-1
11:30 – 11:35
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Professor Gerald Ouma | Senior Director: Institutional Planning – University of PretoriaDigital – Room 3
Session 8C-2
11:35 – 12:30
SESSION SUB-THEME | PART  1 | FINANCING TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE IN HIGHER EDUCATIONDigital – Room 3
Session 8C-2-1
11:35 – 12:00
SPEAKER 1 | Professor Tshilidzi Marwala | Vice-Chancellor – University of JohannesburgDigital – Room 3
Session 8C-2-2
12:00 – 12:25
SPEAKER 2 | Professor Zeblon Vilakazi | Vice-Chancellor – University of the WitwatersrandDigital – Room 3
Session 8C-2
11:30 – 12:30
SESSION CHAIR: | Professor Dan Kgwadi | Vice-Chancellor – North-West UniversityDigital – Room 3
Session 8C-3
12:30 – 13:00
SESSION SUB-THEME | PART 2 | PRIVATE SECTOR FINANCING OF PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION INFRASTRUCTURE: LESSONS LEARNEDDigital – Room 3
Session 8C-3-1
12:30 – 12:45
SPEAKER 1 | Professor Ron Watermeyer | Trustee of Engineers Against Poverty U.K, Adjunct Professor – University of the Witwatersrand, Chair of ISO TC 59 / SC18, Member of the Certification Board of FIDIC Credentialing Limited and a Director of Infrastructure Options (Pty)Ltd.Digital – Room 3
Session 8C-3-2
12:45 – 13:00
SPEAKER 2 | Professor Heather Nel | Senior Director of Institutional Planning at Nelson MandelaDigital – Room 3
Session 8C-3
12:30 – 13:00
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Andrew Crouch | Vice-Chancellor – Sol Plaatje UniversityDigital – Room 3

WORLD OF WORK STRATEGY GROUP (WSG) | SESSION 2 – 90 Minutes

Session 8D
11:30 – 13:00
SESSION THEME | UNIVERSITIES AND THE NEW TECHNOLOGY MOMENT AND SOCIETYDigital – Room 4
Session 8D-1
11:30 – 11:35
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Professor Henk de Jager | Chairperson – USAf World of Work Strategy Group & Vice-Chancellor – Central University of TechnologyDigital – Room 4
Session 8D-2
11:35 – 12:00
SPEAKER 1 | Professor Alwyn Louw | Vice-Chancellor – Torrens University AustraliaDigital – Room 4
Session 8D-3
12:00 – 12:25
SPEAKER 2 | Ms Nompendulo Thobile Mkhatshwa | Chairperson of Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology Party: African National Congress on the National ListDigital – Room 4
SESSION 8D-4
12:25 – 13:00
PANEL DISCUSSIONDigital – Room 4
Session 8D-4-1
12:25 – 12:35
RESPONDENT 1 | Professor Benjamin Anderson | Executive Chairman | The Da Vinci InstituteDigital – Room 4
Session 8D-4-2
12:35 – 12:45
RESPONDENT 2 | Phila Sithole | Acting Head PC4IR PMO: Department of Communications & Digital TechnologiesDigital – Room 4
Session 8D-4-3
12:45 – 12:55
RESPONDENT 3 | Boeta Pretorius | Managing Director – Higher Education Information Technology South Africa (HEITSA) | North-West UniversityDigital – Room 4
Session 8D-4
11:30 – 13:00
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Marcus Ramogale | Acting Vice-Chancellor – Mangosuthu University of TechnologyDigital – Room 4

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION STRATEGY GROUP (RISG) | SESSION 2 – 90 Minutes

Session 8E
11:30 – 13:00
SESSION THEME | RESEARCH INTEGRITY AND THE ENGAGED UNIVERSITYDigital – Room 5
Session 8E-1
11:30 – 11:35
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Professor Corli Witthuhn | Vice-Rector: Research – University of the Free StateDigital – Room 5
Session 8E-2
11:35 – 12:05
SPEAKER 1 | Professor Ronaldo Munck | Dublin City University |Director of the Centre for Engaged ResearchDigital – Room 5
Session 8E-3
12:05 – 12:30
SPEAKER 2 | Dr Nicola Barsdorf | Research Integrity Officer – University of StellenboschDigital – Room 5
Session 8E-4
12:30 – 13:00
SPEAKER 3 | Professor Stephanie Burton | University of Pretoria | Professor, Future Africa and Faculty of Natural and Agricultural SciencesDigital – Room 5
Session 8E
11:30 – 13:00
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Jesika Singh | Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Partnerships – University of LimpopoDigital – Room 5

COUNCIL ON HIGHER EDUCATION SESSION – 90 Minutes

Session 8F
11:30 – 13:00
SESSION THEME | ENGAGED UNIVERSITIES AS ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS: 3 CASE STUDIESDigital – Room 6
Session 8F-1
11:30 – 12:00
SPEAKER 1 | Professor Sibusiso Moyo | Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement – Durban University of Technology |Digital – Room 6
Session 8F-2
12:00 – 12:30
SPEAKER 2 | Professor Nthabiseng Ogude | Dean and Professor of Science Education – University of Pretoria |Digital – Room 6
Session 8F-3
12:30 – 13:00
SPEAKER 3 | Mr Larry Pokpas | Institutional Planner – University of the Western CapeDigital – Room 6
Session 8F
11:30 – 13:00
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Ahmed Bawa | Chief Executive Officer – Universities South AfricaDigital – Room 6
13:00 – 14:00LUNCHDining Venue

PLENARY SESSION 7 | THE IMPLICATIONS OF COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING AND COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH FOR THE ENGAGED UNIVERSITY

Session 9A-1
14:00 – 14:20
SPEAKER 1 | Professor Sarah Mosoetsa | Chief Executive Officer – National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS)Venue 1 & Digital
Session 9A-2
14:20 – 14:40
SPEAKER 2 | Professor Tracy-Lynn Field | University of the Witwatersrand | Research Chair Claude Leon Foundation – Earth Justice and Stewardship – Climate Change and the engaged universityVenue 1 & Digital
Session 9A-3
 14:40-15:00
SPEAKER 3 | Professor Monique Marks | Executive Dean Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment – Durban University of TechnologyVenue 1 & Digital
Session 9A
14:00 – 15:00
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Zeblon Vilakazi | Vice-Chancellor – University of the WitwatersrandVenue 1 & Digital

PLENARY SESSION 8 | UNIVERSITIES AND DEMOCRACY

Session 9B-1
14:05 – 14:20
SPEAKER 1 | Professor Catherine A. Odora Hoppers | Professor Extraordinarius in Education | Former SARChI DST/NRF Research Chair in Development EducationVenue 1 & Digital
Session 9B-2
14:20 – 14:40
SPEAKER 2 | Speaker | Professor Rajesh Tandon | Founder President of Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) & UNESCO Co-Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education – Delhi, India, Reflect on democracy in IndiaVenue 1 & Digital
Session 9B-3
 14:40 – 15:00
SPEAKER 3 | Professor Nomalanga Mkhize | Head of Department-History and Political Studies – Nelson Mandela UniversityVenue 1 & Digital
Session 9B
14:00 – 15:00
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Bernard Nthambeleni | Vice-Chancellor – University of VendaVenue 1 & Digital
15:00 – 15:30AFTERNOON TEAVenue 1 & Digital

STRATEGY GROUPS | SESSION 3 | REFLEXIVE CONVERSATIONS

TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGY GROUP (TLSG) | SESSION 3 – 90 Minutes

SESSION 10A
15:30 – 17:00
SESSION THEME | COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTDigital – Room 1
SESSION 10A-1
15:30 – 15:35
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Dr Noluthando Toni | Acting Executive Dean: Learning & Teaching – Nelson Mandela UniversityDigital – Room 1
SESSION 10A-2
15:35 – 17:00
PANEL DISCUSSION | HARNESSING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TO PRODUCE ENGAGED, CRITICAL AND DEMOCRATIC GRADUATESDigital – Room 1
Session 10A-3
15:35 – 16:00
PANEL SPEAKER 1 | Mr Siseko H Kumalo | PhD Candidate – University of PretoriaDigital – Room 1
Session 10A-4
16:00 – 16:25
PANEL SPEAKER 2 | Ms Phelo Nocamagu Mathentamo | President Student Representative Council – Walter Sisulu UniversityDigital – Room 1
Session 10A-5
16:25 – 16:50
PANEL SPEAKER 3 | Professor Raisuyah Bhagwan | Department Vice-Chancellor: Academic & Professor of Law – University of the Western CapeDigital – Room 1
Session 10A
15:30 – 17:00
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Vivienne Lawack | Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic & Professor of Law – University of the Western CapeDigital – Room 1

TRANSFORMATION STRATEGY GROUP (TSG) | SESSION 3 – 90 Minutes

Session 10B
15:30 – 17:00
SESSION THEME | THE RESPONSIVE UNIVERSITY
Book Launch: Chris Brink (Ed.), The Responsive University and the Crisis in South Africa. (Joint with the Ali Mazrui Centre for Higher Education Studies at the University of Johannesburg)
Digital – Room 2
Session 10B-1
15:30 – 15:35
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Professor Pamela Dube | Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Student Development and Support – University of the Western CapeDigital – Room 2
Session 10B-2
15:35 – 16:15
SPEAKER 1 | Professor Chris Brink  | Professor Chris Brink served as Vice-Chancellor (President) of Newcastle University in the UK from 2007 till 2016, as Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University 2002 – 2007. – The Responsive University and the Crisis in South Africa – Professor (Brink (ed.); 2021).Digital – Room 2
Session 10B-3
16:15 – 17:00
PANEL DISCUSSIONDigital – Room 2
Session 10B3-1
16:15 – 16:30
RESPONDENT 1 | Professor Ahmed Bawa | Chief Executive Officer – Universities South AfricaDigital – Room 2
Session 10B3-2
16:30 – 16:45
RESPONDENT 2 | Professor Mary Stuart | Vice-Chancellor – University of LincolnDigital – Room 2
Session 10B3-3
16:45 – 17:00
RESPONDENT 3 | Dr Bernadette Johnson | Director: Transformation and Employment Equity Office – University of the WitwatersrandDigital – Room 2
Session 10B-3
15:30 – 17:00
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Nana Poku | Vice-Chancellor – University of KwaZulu-NatalDigital – Room 2

FUNDING STRATEGY GROUP (FSG) | SESSION 3 – 90 Minutes

Session 10C
15:30 – 17:00
SESSION THEME | UNIVERSITY SHARED SERVICES: DRIVERS, BENEFITS, SUCCESS FACTORS AND CHALLENGESDigital – Room 3
Session 10C-1
15:30 – 15:35
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Professor Gerald Ouma | Senior Director: Institutional Planning – University of PretoriaDigital – Room 3
Session 10C-2
15:35 – 15:55
SPEAKER 1 | Professor Ruksana Osman | Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor – University of WitwatersrandDigital – Room 3
Session 10C-3
15:55 – 16:20
SPEAKER 2 | Professor David Maguire | Vice-Chancellor, University of Sussex U.K).Digital – Room 3
Session 10C-4
16:20 – 16:40
SPEAKER 3 | Dr Diane Parker | University of Pretoria – Former Deputy Director-General University Branch – Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)Digital – Room 3
Session 10C-5
16:40 – 17:00
SPEAKER 4 | Duncan Greaves | Chief Executive Officer Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa (TENET) South AfricaDigital – Room 3
Session 10C
15:30 – 17:00
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Gerald Ouma | Senior Director: Institutional Planning – University of PretoriaDigital – Room 3

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION STRATEGY GROUP (RISG) | SESSION 3 – 90 Minutes

Session 10D
15:30 – 17:00
SESSION THEME | RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS (DOMESTICALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY)Digital – Room 4
Session 10D-1
15:30 – 15:35
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Professor Thoko Mayekiso | Chairperson USAf Research and Innovation Strategy Group & Vice-Chancellor – University of MpumalangaDigital – Room 4
Session 10D-2
15:35 – 16:15
SPEAKER 1 | Prof Ernest Aryeetey | African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Board Chair & Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of GhanaDigital – Room 4
Session 10D-3PANEL DISCUSSIONDigital – Room 4
Session 10D-3-1
16:15 – 16.30
RESPONDENT 1 | Professor Bernard Nthambeleni | Vice-Chancellor – University of VendaDigital – Room 4
Session 10D-3-2
16:30 – 16:45
RESPONDENT 2 | Professor Eugene Cloete | Vice-Rector: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies – Stellenbosch UniversityDigital – Room 4
Session 10D-3-3
16:45 – 17:00
RESPONDENT 3 | Professor Phuti E Ngoepe | SARChI Chair on Computational Modelling of Materials, Director of Materials Modelling Centre at UL and CSIR Fellow TBCDigital – Room 4
Session 10D
15:30 – 17:00
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Sue Harrison | Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation – University of Cape TownDigital – Room 4

WORLD OF WORK STRATEGY GROUP (WSG) | SESSION 3 – 90 Minutes

Session 10E
15:30 – 17:00
SESSION THEME | ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND MODERN TECHNOLOGIES IN THE LABOUR MARKET – NEXUS BETWEEN THEORY AND PRACTICEDigital – Room 5
Session 10E-1
15:30 – 15:35
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Professor Colin Thakur | Director: NEMISA KZN e-Skills CoLab – Durban University of TechnologyDigital – Room 5
Session 10E-2
15:35 – 15:55
SPEAKER 1 | Professor Haroon Bhorat | Professor of Economics | Director:  Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) – University of Cape TownDigital – Room 5
Session 10E-3
15:55 -16:15
SPEAKER 2 | International Speaker | Professor Dimo Dimov | Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship – the University of Bath, UK | Co-founder of Kinetic Thinking.Digital – Room 5
Session 10E
15:30 – 16:15
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Xoliswa Mtose | Vice-Chancellor – University of ZululandDigital – Room 5
Session 10E-4
16:15 – 17:00
PANEL DISCUSSIONDigital – Room 5
Session 10E-4-1
16:15 – 16:30
RESPONDENT 1 | Ms Bongiwe Kunene | Managing Director: Banking AssociationDigital – Room 5
Session 10E-4-2
16:30 – 16:45
RESPONDENT 2 | Mr Lukhanyo Daweti | Secretary-General – South Africa Union of Student (SAUS)Digital – Room 5
Session 10E-4-3
16:45 – 17:00
RESPONDENT 3 | Ms Hameda Deedat | Acting Executive Director: National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI)Digital – Room 5
Session 10E-4
16:15 – 17:00
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Sakhela Buhlungu | Vice-Chancellor – University of Fort HareDigital – Room 5

FRIDAY 08 OCTOBER 2021

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PLENARY SESSION 9 | SESSION THEME | ENGAGED SCHOLARSHIP AND DECOLONISATION, TRANSFORMING HIGHER EDUCATION THROUGH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
USAf & THE COUNCIL ON HIGHER EDUCATION (CHE) SESSION

Session 11
09:00 – 10:00
PLENARY SESSION 9Venue 1 & Digital
Session 11A
09:00 – 09:05
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Professor Mpine Makoe | Commonwealth of Learning Chair, University of South AfricaVenue 1 & Digital
Session 11B
09:05 – 09:30
SPEAKER 1 | Professor Lesley Le Grange | Distinguished Professor of Education – University of Stellenbosch & Member of the Council on Higher EducationVenue 1 & Digital
Session 11C
09:30 – 09:55
SPEAKER 2 | Professor Vuyisile Msila | Director, Leadership in Higher Education – University of South AfricaVenue 1 & Digital
Session 11DSESSION CHAIR | Mr Luzuko Buku | Chairperson: Monitoring, Research and Advice Committee (MRAC) of the Council on Higher EducationVenue 1 & Digital

3 X CONCURRENT SESSIONS – 90 Minutes

COUNCIL ON HIGHER EDUCATION (CHE) – 90 Minutes

Session 12
10:00 – 11:30
SESSION THEME | MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ROLEVenue 1 & Digital
Session 12A
10:00 – 10:05
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Dr Vathiswa Papu-Zamxaka | Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Research, Innovation and Engagement – Tshwane University of TechnologyVenue 1 & Digital
Session 12B
 10:05 – 10:35
SPEAKER 1 | Professor Vhonani Netshandama | Director: Community Engagement – University of VendaVenue 1 & Digital
Session 12C
10:35 – 11:00
SPEAKER 2 | Professor Busisiwe Nkonki-Mandleni | Director: Community Engagement and Development (CEAD) – Mangosuthu University of TechnologyVenue 1 & Digital
Session 12D
11:00 – 11:30
SPEAKER 3 | Professor George de Lange | Director: Engagement Office, Nelson Mandela University (Bruce Damons – Speak to Dr Green about substitution)Venue 1 & Digital
Session 12E
10:00 – 11:30
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Eunice Seekoe | Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching, Learning and Community Engagement- Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences UniversityVenue 1 & Digital

HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT (HELM) PROGRAMME – 90 Minutes

Session 13
10:00 – 11:30
SESSION THEME | THE WIL TO POWER – ADDRESSING GENDER INEQUALITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIPVenue 2 & Digital
Session 13A
10:00 – 10:05
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Dr Oliver Seale | Director HELMVenue 2 & Digital
Session 13B    
10:05 – 10:35
SPEAKER 1 | Professor Denise Zinn | HELM ULDP Programme Leader – Nelson Mandela UniversityVenue 2 & Digital
Session 13C
10:35 – 11:00
SPEAKER 2 | Dr Cyrill Walters |Post-Doctoral fellow in higher education studies – Stellenbosch UniversityVenue 2 & Digital
Session 13D
11:00 – 11:30
SPEAKER 3 | Dr Judy Dlamini | Chancellor – University of the WitwatersrandVenue 2 & Digital
Session 13
10:00 – 11:30
SESSION CHAIR | Dr Birgit Schreiber | HELM AssociateVenue 2 & Digital

ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION (EDHE) – 90 Minutes

Session 14
10:00 – 11:30
SESSION THEME | REPOSITIONING UNIVERSITIES AS INCUBATORS FOR ECONOMIC ACTIVATIONVenue 3 & Digital
Session 14A
10:00 – 10:10
SESSION INTRODUCTION | Dr Norah Clarke | Director: Entrepreneurship – Universities South AfricaVenue 3 & Digital
Session 14B
10:05 – 10:30
PANEL DISCUSSION | Ms Phetha Mcunu | Chairperson: EDHE Studentpreneurs Community of Practice, with members of the EDHE Studentpreneurs Community of Practice – Emerging questions: How is the university developing economically active graduates for the world of work?Venue 3 & Digital
SESSION 14C 10:30 – 11:00SESSION TOPIC | Winning the EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity: The role of the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Interviews with Leaders from the University of VendaVenue 3 & Digital
Session 14C
10:30 – 11:00
SPEAKER | Professor Bernard Nthambeleni | Vice-Chancellor – University of VendaVenue 3 & Digital
Session 14C
10:30 – 11:00
SPEAKER | Dr Robert Martin | DVC: Operations – University of Venda – Winning the EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity: The role of the Deputy Vice-ChancellorVenue 3 & Digital
Session 14C
10:30 – 11:00
SPEAKER | Mr Promise Nyalunga | EDHE Studentpreneur of the year 2020Venue 3 & Digital
Session 14C
10:30 – 11:00
INTERVIEWER – Dr Norah Clarke | Director: Entrepreneurship – Universities South AfricaVenue 3 & Digital
SESSION 14D 11:00 – 11:20SPEAKER | Professor Deresh Ramjugernath | Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Learning and Teaching – Stellenbosch University | The university with an incubator, or the university as an incubator? Implications for university leadersVenue 3 & Digital
SESSION 14E 11:20 – 11:30ALL SPEAKERS & AUDIENCE | Q&AVenue 3 & Digital
Session 14E
10:00 – 11:30
SESSION CHAIR | Dr Engela van Staden | Vice-Rector: Academic – University of the Free StateVenue 3 & Digital

REPORTING SESSION – CHAIRS OF STRATEGY GROUPS – 60 MINUTES

Session 15
11:35 – 12:35
REPORTING SESSION | CHAIRS OF STRATEGY GROUPS SPEAKERS: Respective Strategy Group Chairpersons (x 10 minutes) – Seminal Conference FeedbackVenue 1 & Digital
11:35 – 11:45Professor Thoko Mayekiso | Chairperson – USAf Research and Innovation Strategy Group & Vice-Chancellor – University of MpumalangaVenue 1 & Digital
11:45 – 11:55Dr Sizwe Mabizela | Chairperson – USAf Teaching and Learning Strategy Group & Vice-Chancellor – Rhodes UniversityVenue 1 & Digital
11:55 – 12:05Professor Gerald Ouma | Senior Director: Institutional Planning – University of Pretoria Member of the USAf Funding Strategy Group & Vice-Chancellor – University of PretoriaVenue 1 & Digital
12:05 – 12:15Professor Puleng LenkaBula | Chairperson – USAf Transformation Strategy Group & Vice-Chancellor – University of South AfricaVenue 1 & Digital
12:15 – 12:25Professor Henk de Jager | Chairperson – USAf World of Work Strategy Group | Vice-Chancellor – Central University of TechnologyVenue 1 & Digital
12:25 – 12:35
Highlights
SESSION CHAIR | Professor Sibongile Muthwa | Chairperson, Universities South Africa | Vice-Chancellor Nelson Mandela UniversityVenue 1 & Digital

CONFERENCE CONCLUSION

Session 16
12:35 – 13:00
CONFERENCE OUTCOMES | Professor Ahmed Bawa | Chief Executive Officer –    Universities South AfricaVenue 1 & Digital
Session 17
13:00 – 13:10
CONFERENCE CLOSING | Professor Sibongile Muthwa | Chairperson, Universities South Africa | Vice-Chancellor Nelson Mandela UniversityVenue 1 & Digital
13:15 – 14:15LUNCHDining Venue
14:15DEPARTURE 

Please direct any queries to the conference organisers:

Dr Linda Meyer (USAf – Conference Leader): linda.meyer@usaf.ac.za – 061 515 4414
Ms ‘Mateboho Green – Corporate Communications (USAf Conference Coordinator): mateboho@usaf.ac.za
Ms Jana Van Wyk – CEOs Office (USAf Conference Coordinator): jana@usaf.ac.za
Ms Lorinda Crous – CEOs Office (USAf): admin@usaf.ac.za
Ms Khutso Moleko – Corporate Communications (USAf): khutso.moleko@usaf.ac.za
Ms Felicity Kokose (USAf SG – TSG & FSG): felicity@usaf.ac.za
Ms Janet Van Rhyn (USAf SG – TLSG & RISG): janet@usaf.ac.za
Ms Michelle Mandalain (USAf): michelle@usaf.ac.za
Ms Ntswalo Ngobeni (USAf): ntswalo@usaf.ac.za
Ms Annie Viljoen (USAf): annie@usaf.ac.za
Dr Norah Clark (EDHE): norah@usaf.ac.za
Ms Zana Boshoff (EDHE &WSG): zana@usaf.ac.za
Ms Zamaswazi Shabangu (EDHE): zamaswazi@usaf.ac.za
Mr Ntokozo Blessing Bhengu (CHE Conference Coordinator): Bhengu.N@che.ac.za
Dr Amani Saide (CHE): Saidi.A@che.ac.za
Dr Oliver Seale (HELM): oliver@helm.ac.za
Dr Bernadette Johnson (Conference Coordinator): bernadette@helm.ac.za
Ms Michelle Buchler (Conference Coordinator): michelle.buchler@helm.ac.za
Mr Patrick Fish (HELM): patrick.fish@helm.ac.za
Ms Val Theron (HEITSA– Conference Coordinator): valtheron@heitsa.ac.za

PARTNERING JOURNALS

1.        Journal of Decolonising Disciplines
2.        Journal of Student Affairs in Africa
3.        South African Journal of Higher Education (SAJHE)