ASAWU Report on The Second Higher Education Transformation Summit: Day 1 15th October 2015

The Second Higher Education Transformation Summit: Durban’s ICC

Day One: 15th October 2015

Durban: an unseasonably grey and chilly spring day.

Higher education ‘stakeholders’ from all over the country have woken up at ungodly hours to make it to the International Convention Centre on time for the 9am start for the second ever Transformation  in Higher Education in South Africa conference. For Wits staff and students wondering where their VC was, at a time of major turmoil on campus over fee increases, we can confirm that he was indeed spotted at the ICC, in the flesh, often on the phone. (More about how the Wits protests entered the day’s conversation, later).

VCs, Council members, Senators, students’ representatives and others from across South Africa had gathered to convene with government Higher Education representatives. The topic: transformation. Before the opening plenary began – fashionably late of course – small groups of powerful university men huddled between the rows of conference desks set up in – what else? – schoolroom style rows, to swap stories. (Later on, you’ll see those same ‘big men’ comically huddled over impossibly small cocktail plates at the canapé luncheon.) Continue reading “ASAWU Report on The Second Higher Education Transformation Summit: Day 1 15th October 2015”

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