USAf to host the first National Higher Education Conference from 2-4 OCTOBER 2019 in Pretoria

09-09-19 USAf 0 comment

Universities South Africa will host the first-ever National Higher Education Conference in Pretoria in October 2019. The event is set to commence at 12:00 on Wednesday, 2 October and end at 13:00 on Friday, 4 October 2019 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria (

Themed “Reinventing South Africa’s universities for the future,” the conference is strategically intended to provide an opportunity for the higher education sector and its stakeholders to critically reflect on and rigorously debate the future of South Africa’s universities from various perspectives. The conference will explore creative ways of reconfiguring South Africa’s higher education for a new era of rapid and exciting local and global development and change, taking into account its history and its present situation.

Keynote speakers include Professor Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Vice-Chancellor of the United States International University – Africa; Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg; Professor Derrick Swartz former Vice-Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University and the University of Fort Hare; and the CEO of the Council on Higher Education, Professor Narend Beijnath.

Topics that will be addressed in plenary sessionsinclude implications for universities of the 4th Industrial Revolution, a new look at systemic quality assurance and interesting developments on open access to scholarly publications.

In parallel sessions the conference theme will be explored and debated from the perspectives of teaching and learning, research and innovation, transformation, funding and the world of work – the focus areas of USAf’s five Strategy Groups . Some of the topics to be dealt with during these sessions are:

  • Curriculum for the future;
  • Ethics and integrity in research publishing;
  • Institutional culture change;
  • Infrastructure for a growing and evolving sector; and
  • Reinventing work integrated learning and internships.

This event is being targeted at academics and other staff from public and private higher education institutions; researchers; policy makers; representatives from business and industry as well as interested members of the public. Up to 300 delegates are expected to attend the event. 

Further details will be shared in due course.

Inquiries: Michelle Mandalain (012 030 0652)

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