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12.6. Pathways to Securing the Future of the University in Africa

Im nächsten Vortrag der Reihe ›Perspektiven der Moderne‹ wird Prof. Bassey Antia von der University of the Western Cape Einblicke in das Hochschulsystem Südafrikas geben.

12.6. Pathways to Securing the Future of the University in Africa

The Global Diversity of Universities in the 21st Century

Sehr herzlich möchten wir Sie zum nächsten Vortrag unserer Reihe ›Perspektiven der Moderne‹ einladen, die dieses Semester, organisiert von der Abteilung für Wissenschaftsforschung, Einblicke in die ›Vielfalt der Universitäten in der Weltgesellschaft des 21. Jahrhunderts‹ gibt - über globale Rankings und die dort top-platzierten Institutionen hinaus. Prof. Bassey Antia vom Department of Linguistics der University of the Western Cape wird am 12. Juni einen Vortrag mit dem Titel ›Pathways to Securing the Future of the University in Africa: Insights from South Africa‹ halten.

Die Veranstaltung findet am Mittwoch, den 12. Juni, um 18 Uhr s.t. im großen Saal (Raum 0.109) des Bonner Universitätsforums, Heussallee 18-24, auf Englisch statt. Die Vorträge des FIW können für das Zertifikat für Internationale Kompetenz (Komponente D2) angerechnet werden.


Abstract: The daily experience of privilege and disadvantage among different stakeholders in the South African university is a leitmotif in discourses on the country’s higher education. A consequence of the colonial and apartheid era design of the system and of its basic education feeder pipeline, differential experience at many institutions shows up in programme access, success rates, visceral sense of belonging/exclusion, staff recruitment, the curriculum, teaching practices, constitution of the professoriate, among others. The national student protests of 2015 and 2016 under the banner of a ‘free decolonised education’ have forcefully resurfaced several of these differential experiences, shaped not infrequently by how segments of stakeholder groups have been positioned historically.

In this presentation, I discuss system responses to aspects of this differential experience of the university in South Africa. I focus in particular on the wide-ranging Staffing South African Universities Framework (SSAUF) programme, as well as on allied initiatives, and discuss the incipient changes they have occasioned in the long road to reshaping stakeholder experiences of the university. Drawing also on the database of reflections generated within the German-funded International Deans’ Course (Africa), I argue that, when disarticulated from their local specificities, these South African responses to ostensibly peculiar concerns in fact constitute pathways for securing the future of university systems elsewhere in Africa that are currently in the throes of unprecedented expansion.