This project (2017-2019) was designed to contribute to the field of higher education studies that feeds into effective and efficient management of higher education in South African and other African countries. This project, implemented jointly with the Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR), investigated three key issues:

  • The scope and characteristics of research into higher education in South Africa and other southern African countries (for example trends in research outputs; prominent themes, methodologies and research designs; demographic and other information about productive scholars; prominent scholarly outlets, etc.)? The challenge is to map the results of a bibliometric study of scholarly research outputs in the field of higher education, as well as grey literature within the repositories of universities, into a comprehensive whole?
  • The need for improved communication and coordination between researchers working on higher education topics across Africa.
  • Understanding uptake of higher education research by decision makers within universities and policy makers at the national level.

Research team

  • Prof. Jan Botha
    Jan Botha
    CREST, Stellenbosch University
  • Prof. Heidi Prozesky
    Heidi Prozesky
    CREST, Stellenbosch University
  • Efraim Dumeni
    PhD student, University of Namibia
  • Rudo Hwami
    PhD student, Rhodes University
  • Jean-Claude Lemmens
    University of Pretoria
  • Ntsundeni Mapatagane
    MPhil student, University of Zululand
  • Alison Mlitwa
    Stellenbosch University
  • Temwa Moyo
    PhD student, Department of Higher Education and Training
  • Nicole Muller
    Durban University of Technology
  • Oabona Nthebolang
    PhD student, University of Botswana
  • Ben Ntshabele
    PhD student, University of Pretoria
  • Paul Prinsloo
  • Reshma Subbaye
    University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Herman Visser
  • Merridy Wilson-Strydom
    University of the Free State