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South Africa needs more PhD graduates

Bold intervention is needed to increase the number of PhD graduates in South Africa, a study released recently by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF) has found.

The production of doctorates in the country had been stable for several years, ASSAF’s Professor Jonathan Jansen said in Johannesburg at the presentation of a study on demands for high-level skills in an emerging economy.

“In the context of current systems and capacity at South African universities, there is little hope that rapid growth in high-level qualifications at the level of the doctorate will materialise in the foreseeable future.”

The report was produced by an expert study panel, led by Jansen, and showed among other things that South Africa’s production of PhDs per million of the population, 26 PhD graduates yearly per million, compared poorly with other countries such as Portugal (569 per million) and Australia (264 per million) per annum.

To read more go to Phumza Sokana’s article on IOL News by Clicking Here!

To read the report on PhD graduates in South Africa by the Academy of Science of South Africa Click Here!


4 Responses

  1. I am looking for research articles on education and training in Library & Information Science in Africa. an you give me some lead as to what journals i should examine. I have looked at the South African j of Information Management but they do not focus on education.

    Thank you for your response.

    • Dear Szarina

      You can look at the following journals:
      – African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science
      – South African Journal of Library and information Science
      – Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (This is an international journal)

      If you are a student at a SA university you could also try Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts database.

      Regards, Johann van Wyk

  2. Iam aZimbabwean librarian who recntly graduated with a local university and willing to further my studies in south africa at doctorate level cuold you please assist

  3. i am a south african student and i am doing my Ph.D for education ! i do think that south africa needs well qualified teachers and those in different professions!

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