The Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof Chika Sehoole, presented the first of a Dean’s Seminar Series at the Faculty of Education of Groenkloof Campus.
The theme of the seminar was ‘Access and equity challenges of Higher Education in the 21st century'
Prof Rajani Naidoo from the International Centre for Higher Education at Bath University in the United Kingdom, spoke on ‘Equity in a fractured world’. Prof Melanie Walker from the University of the Free State focused ‘Perspectives on access in South Africa’.
Dr Vincent Carpentier from the Centre for Global Higher Education at the Institute of Education at the University College London in the United Kingdom; Dr Yann Lebeau from the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom and Prof Jussi Välimaa from the Finnish Institute for Educational Research at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland gave their view in a collaborative presentation. They addressed the issue of ‘International perspectives on equality of higher education opportunities: models and strategies for accessibility, availability and attainability’.
Prof Everard Weber, Head of the Department of Education Management and Policy Studies act as respondent.
The seminar was attended by Deans and Deputy Deans of the University of Pretoria and Unisa; Directors at UP; representatives from the Council on Higher Education and the South Africa Qualifications Authority; school principals; staff of the Faculty of Education as well as postgraduate and undergraduate students in the Faculty of Education and several other guests who all showed interest in ‘Access and equity challenges of Higher Education in the 21st Century’.