Conference Report
Audio Speeches from Conference
Resources on South African Higher Education
Contact Information

Academic Partnerships with South Africans For Mutual Capacity Building

October 18 - October 21, 1998
An international conference presented by
Michigan State University

in collaboration with:
Historically Disadvantaged Institutions Forum
Committee on Technikon Principals
South African Universities' Vice Chancellors' Association

Conference Report
A comprehensive report of the four-day conference is now available. In addition, you can hear the full presentations of five of the keynote speakers:
  • Naledi Pandor - Deputy Chair, National Council of Provinces of South Africa
  • Cecil Abrahams - Vice Chanellor, University of the Wester Cape and Chair, Historically Disadvanted Institutions Forum
  • Colin Bundy - Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Brian Figaji - Rector, Peninsula Technikon, and chair, Committeee of Technikon Principals
  • Teboho Moja - Special Advisor to the Minister of Education, South Africa

Conference Goals
Political, economic, and cultural changes across the globe require transformations in all higher education institutions. In South Africa, the long-awaited arrival of democracy necessitates far-reaching changes in universities and technikons. This conference will examine how linkages and partnerships between institutions can be mutually beneficial in transforming higher education. The conference goals are:

  • Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of current academic partnerships and exchanges
  • Defining new models of academic partnerships between South African institutions (especially the historically disadvantaged) and those in Europe and North America
  • Exploring strategies for mobilizing financial resources to support and enhance academic linkages and partnerships


Conference Issues

  • Academic and Staff Development - Accelerating and enhancing faculty and administrative staff development
  • Curriculum and Program Reform - Designing higher education curricula to meet the human resource needs of South Africa
  • Research - Building research capacity through collaborative programs and postgraduate education
  • Student Services - Providing academic support to students for developing leadership and social responsibility
  • Financial Support for Linkages - Identifying South African and foreign support for institutions, faculty, researchers, and partnerships.


Sponsors and Supporters
Michigan State University through the Office of the Provost; the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Letters, Business, Education, and Social Science; the African Studies Center; International Studies and Programs; and the Institute of International Health.

  • Historically Disadvantaged Institutions Forum
  • Council of Technikon Principals
  • South African Universities' Vice Chancellors' Association
  • Consortium for Interinstitutional Collaboration in African and Latin American Studies (CICALS)
  • Foundation for Research Development (South Africa)
Conference Clips

Photo: Moses Turner
Moses Turner, Conference Chair, welcomes you to the conference!
Audio Clip: Moses Turner Real Audio, 28.8

Photo: Naledi Pandor
Naledi Pandor, speaks about government policy and the transformation of higher education in South Africa.
Audio Clip: Naledi Pandor Real Audio, 28.8

Photo: Teboho Moja
Teboho Moja, Special Advisor to the Minister of Education, RSA, speaks on the goals and objectives of transforming higher education in South Africa
Audio Clip: Teboho Moja Real Audio, 28.8


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