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South Africa: Over 1000 New Academics needed in Higher Education
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Monday, December 12, 2016
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 12, 2016

Minister Nzimande urged doctoral students to take advantage of all available forms of support, including important programmes like the National Doctoral Workshop and Mentoring Programme offered through the NIHSS.
“Contribute to teaching wherever possible, as it is rewarding and gives you a broader perspective of your field. Although some of you will end up working in research institutes and other places, I hope that many of you are aiming for a career in one of our universities.
“Achieving quality in all the roles of a university (teaching, research and social engagement) depends to a large extent on the availability of adequate numbers of capable staff at our universities, who are fully representative of a democratic South Africa,” said Minister Nzimande.
The Minister acknowledged that South Africa and the continent have a particular challenge to produce especially black scholars, as many of them were denied access to high level and high quality education under colonialism and apartheid.
He said it is also no secret that the higher education sector currently finds itself in somewhat of a crisis in relation to the size, composition and capacity of its academic staff.
“The challenge is multiā€faceted, having to do with the slow pace of transformation, regeneration and change, the ageing workforce, developments in higher education worldwide that demand ever greater levels of expertise from staff, the relatively under qualified academic staff workforce, and low numbers of postgraduate students representing an inadequate pipeline for the recruitment of future academics.”
Minister Nzimande said he was encouraged by the work of the institute in nurturing many important domains and aspects of African experience that are either subtly or very distinctly, different that need comparable research, analysis, theorisation and publication for use in primary, secondary and higher-education classrooms in South Africa, as well as greater continent and the rest of the world to reflect on.
“As such, the students’ abstracts and papers presents confidence that upon completion of their PhDs, these will provide unique African narratives, theories, perspectives and histories,” the Minister said.
The NIHSS was established in December 2013 through a special project of the Higher Education and Training Ministry, with the aim of broadly enhancing and supporting the Humanities and Social Sciences in South Africa and beyond, as well as advising government on related matters.
The institute has already awarded scholarships to 374 South African doctoral students, who enrolled in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
It has also awarded fellowships to 74 students from other African countries. A few students have already completed and/or have submitted their final PhD theses. 

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