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Launching the HSRC-USAf dialogue series

22 June 2020
12:30 - 14:00



Date: Monday, 22 June 2020

Time: 12:30 – 14:30

Livestream via Zoom


Prof. Crain Soudien, CEO, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)


Prof. Tawana Kupe, Vice Chancellor, University of Pretoria
Dr Sizwe Mabizela, Vice Chancellor, Rhodes University
Dr Angelique Wildschut, Senior Manager: Research and Policy, National Student Financial Aid Scheme
Prof. Thierry Luescher, Research Director, HSRC
Siphesihle Msomi, ISRC President & Mthatha Campus Premier, Walter Sisulu University


Prof. Ahmed Bawa, CEO, Universities South Africa (USAf)

The first in the new HSRC-USAf Dialogue Series celebrates Youth Month by focusing on the impact of universities’ COVID-19 response on different groups of students.

Following the welcome to the new series by the respective Heads of the HSRC and USAf, Prof. Crain Soudien facilitates five distinct inputs on the impact of universities’ COVID-19 responses on different groups of students. What have been the various responses? How have their impacts on different student groups been mitigated? What is the emerging post-lockdown plan? These short presentations will be followed by a question and answer session and a discussion to explore the key higher education policy takeaways and best practices at institutional and system levels.

The HSRC-USAf Dialogue Series aims at bringing the higher education, research and policy community together along with the interested public, to explore topics relevant to higher education, the human sciences, and the enhancement of higher education’s contribution to positive social change. The goal is to have productive discussions between expert and lay participants that showcase theoretical and empirical insights and practical experience in pursuit of socio-political objectives to produce tangible, policy-relevant takeaways and best practices.

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The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DSI. Please also note that this seminar may be recorded and published on the HSRC podcast channel.

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