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South African research output rises

A recent analysis of South Africa’s scientific performance shows that research outputs rose between 2000 and 2010. During this period South Africa also more than doubled its publication numbers, improved its international publications ranking by two positions, and was ranked 33rd in the world.

These results came from a research paper published by Prof Anastassios Pouris, director of the Intsitute for Technological Innovation at the University of Pretoria, in the South African Journal of Science.

The paper, titled, Science in South Africa: the dawn of a new renaissance? shows an increase in paper publications from 3617 in 2000 to 7468 in 2010.

To read more go to Wilma den Hartigh’s article on BIZCommunity.com by clicking here!

To read more go to Charl Blignaut’s article in City Press by Clicking here!

To read Prof Anastassios Pouris’ paper Click Here!

South Africa: Higher Education challenges of racism and access

Chika Sehoole, Professor at University of Pretoria, 22 July 2012, University World News

“Although admissions figures for black students and numbers of black staff have improved in the post-apartheid era, many black people still feel excluded within the university system and there are problems with a lack of available places to meet the demand for higher education. At the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012, South Africa’s higher education sector made national and international news headlines.

At the end of 2011, the University of Pretoria was hit by allegations of apparent racism among its staff. A black engineering professor alleged systematic harassment and victimisation, on racial grounds.

At the beginning of the 2012 academic year, a black parent was killed in a stampede at the gates of the University of Johannesburg, where crowds of prospective students had gathered in the quest to gain admission into this university.

These two incidents – allegations of racism and the quest for access to higher education, especially by black people – are just two examples of the challenges that South Africa experiences in meeting some of the priority areas identified in 1994 by the post-apartheid government.”

To read the rest of Chika Sehoole’s article on University World News, Click Here!

South African academics left in the cold in country’s 2010 budget

University academics were left out in the cold in South Africa’s 2010 National Budget. This is in contrast to teachers and vocational education lecturers, whom Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan singled out for salary upgrades.

Education as a whole received the lion’s share of the national Budget — R165-billion for 2010-11. Higher education and training gets R23,3-billion and basic education gets R127billion.

South Africa’s 23 public universities will only receive R17,5-billion in subsidies, up from last year’s R15,3-billion.

The university system has been losing academics to the private sector, partly because of poor salaries. Universities spend more than 60% of their budgets on staff salaries, depending on their fee income, government subsidy and the size of their student population.

To read more go to MONAKO DIBETLE AND THABO MOHLALA’s article in the Mail and Guardian Online by Clicking Here!

University students in South Africa can’t read?

The recent publication in South Africa of the results of pilots of the new National Benchmark Tests – tests which measure the performance of school-leavers in three key areas and aim to predict whether or not they will have difficulty as they enter university – has brought a flurry of outrage from academics and politicians. They are reported as claiming that standards are dropping and students can’t read or write. While this sort of knee-jerk reaction to tests conducted at a national level is largely predictable, especially in a country where the school system still experiences huge problems, it is also questionable given research produced in the field of academic development – an area which has long concerned itself with the issue of student ‘under-preparedness’ at universities…….

To read the rest of this article by Chrissey Boughey on University World News Click Here!

University of Pretoria Centenary Celebrations: List of books written by Education Lecturers at UP 1908-2008

University of Pretoria is this year 100 years old, and as part of the celebrations we have compiled a list of all the books, theses and dissertations written by Education lecturers at UP from 1908-2008 

To access the list click here!