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AT Mokadi
November, 2004
Vaal University of Technology

Presentation by Prof. AT Mokadi (Vice-Chancellor - Vice Chancellor and Rector, Vaal University of Technology) at the Colloquium on 10 Years of Democracy and Higher Education Change held 10 to 12 November 2004.

Prior to the 1990s, the isolation of South Africa meant that higher education institutions turned inward and competed amongst themselves. Since1994, the sector has been forced to recognise that the competition is “out there”. Higher education has therefore had to forge a new identity to cope with the pressures of globalisation - one of unity, coherence and single purpose as it confronts the world. It is however clear that higher education in South Africa has not yet come to terms with the needs, demands and expectations of the “new” South Africa; nor has it been able to effectively address as yet the degradation and disadvantagement caused by apartheid. A programme of transformation was introduced in1995 to begin such a process. Unfortunately, while transformation quickly became the buzz-word, it has not been translated into a coherent, systematic programme or taken beyond sloganeering or a convenient label.

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