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Universities SA and the Human Sciences Research Council to launch a joint dialogue series

22 June 2020
12:30 - 14:00

Recordings of the event now available:

Prof Crain Soudien welcome:

Dr Angelique Wildschut:

Dr Sizwe Mabizela:

Mr Siphesihle Msomi:

Prof Tawana Kupe:

Prof Ahmed Bawa:

Prof Thierry Luescher:

Q&A session:

Universities SA and the Human Sciences Research Council to launch a joint dialogue series Universities South Africa (USAf) and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will co-host a 1½ hour webinar titled The Impact of Universities’ COVID-19 Response on Different Student Groups on Monday, 22 June, from 12:30 to 14:00.

The webinar, set to celebrate Youth Month 2020, marks the first collaboration event in the new HSRC-USAf Dialogue Series, which will be chaired by Professor Crain Soudien, CEO of the HSRC, while Professor Ahmed Bawa, CEO of USAf, plays the role of discussant.  

The panel of experts who will lead this debate are: Professor Tawana Kupe, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria; Dr Sizwe Mabizela, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Rhodes University; Dr Angelique Wildschut, Senior Manager: Research and Policy at the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS); Professor Thierry Luescher, Research Director at the HSRC and Mr Siphesihle Msomi, ISRC President and Mthatha Campus Premier at Walter Sisulu University. 

The HSRC-USAf Dialogue Series is a joint programme in which the two organisations will facilitate public engagements formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding. Through this collaboration, the two organisations aim to assemble experts, from time to time, to share information on any matter of wide societal concern or on-going research projects; to jointly fundraise for research in areas of common interest and to disseminate research findings jointly — in pursuit of common goals.

By virtue of falling within Youth Month, the webinar on 22 June is expected to generate insights on best practices from the university sector while also bringing to the fore, students’ experiences of universities’ response to COVID-19. It is envisaged that these insights will influence future policy considerations to enhance, among other matters, students’ experience of learning, and success.  This webinar is seeking to attract academics, researchers, students and policy makers as well as members of the public. 

Mateboho Green (USAf): 0728074677

Manusha Pillai (HSRC): 0823893587

About USAf
Universities South Africa (USAf) is an association of South Africa’s 26 public universities. The organisation’s primary mandate is to support its 26 members in pursuit of their core functions of teaching and learning, research and community engagement, and to create an environment where universities can thrive and prosper, and contribute effectively to South Africa’s development. USAf’s strategic goals include to inform and influence the higher education policy agenda by presenting evidence based on research in lobbying, advocating and campaigning on behalf of universities, and also to support its member institutions by facilitating effective dialogue amongst them, thus creating opportunities for collaboration, common problem-solving and the development of ‘best practice’ models. 
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About the HSRC
The HSRC undertakes social research to generate high-quality scientific evidence to inform national debates, advocacy and policy decision-making by government, among other groups. Through its research, the HSRC responds to the needs of vulnerable and marginalised groups in society. In addition to informing policy, the HSRC research promotes good practices, thereby making a difference in the lives of people in South Africa and on the African continent as a whole.

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