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Contributing to the African Renaissance vision: The role of South African higher education institutions


  • Stephanus PT Malan


President Mbeki is emphasising the vision of an African Renaissance in many of his public addresses. Many multifaceted inputs are required to realise this vision, and human resources development is one of the cornerstones of this ideal. South African higher education institutions could play a major role in this quest by sharing their expertise to upgrade the scientific, economic and educational competencies of all people in Africa. Data analysis shows considerable potential for attracting students from Africa, especially from the Southern African Development Community, to study at South African institutions. Current initiatives for facilitating intellectual mobility across the country's borders lack vision, however. Academic exchange programmes in other countries could serve as models to kick-start the contributions of higher education institutions in South Africa in realising Mr Mbeki's vision for an African Renaissance.

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  • Stephanus PT Malan, 2001. "Contributing to the African Renaissance vision: The role of South African higher education institutions," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(4), pages 513-523.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:18:y:2001:i:4:p:513-523
    DOI: 10.1080/03768350120083923

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