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Reimagining the African university

The Imprint of Education Study: Learning Activity 4

There is currently much debate about youth livelihoods and the shape, form and function of higher education on the African continent, with many compelling and competing views. Learning Activity 4 engages experienced scholars and thought leaders on the kinds of universities we need to ensure a continent able to deal with its challenges and takes its place in the world. Coordinated by Prof Thierry Luescher, the research team includes Prof Sharlene Swartz, Dr Alude Mahali, Prof Crain Soudien, Prof Catherine Odora Hoppers, Prof Relebohile Moletsane, Prof David Everatt, and Mr Krish Chetty.

Over a 2-year period, the research team will engage about 60 thought leaders from the African continent and across the globe (and across generations) involved in higher education, scholarship programmes, youth development programmes, industry and policy making. Engagement with scholars and thought leaders takes the form of interviews that cover issues such as digitisation, access, support, transitions, and indigenisation as well as their visions for the African university and how they may be reimagined.

Interviews with thought leaders, transcripts and UWN Africa articles

IntervieweeInterviewerInterview date/linkUWN article date/link
Prof Goolam MohamedbhaiProf Crain Soudien17-May-2117-Feb-22
Prof Mogobe RamoseProf Catherine Odora Hoppers21-May-2124-Feb-22
Prof Reitumetse Mabokela Prof Relebohile Moletsane  10-May-2103-Mar-22
Mr Rekgotsofetse ChikaneProf Thierry Luescher20-May-2110-Mar-22
Prof Dzul RazakProf Catherine Odora Hoppers30-Jun-2117-Mar-22
Prof Catherine Odora HoppersProf Crain Soudien11-Mar-2124-Mar-22
Prof Neil Turok Prof Crain Soudien21-Jun-2131-Mar-22
Prof Adam HabibProf Crain Soudien25-May-2107-Apr-22
Prof Madeleine Arnot  Dr Alude Mahali   21-May-2113-Apr-22
Prof Paul Zeleza Prof Crain Soudien01-May-2121-Apr-22
Prof Tade AinaDr Alude Mahali12-May-2128-Apr-22
Ms Lihle NgcoboziProf David Everatt08-Jul-2105-May-22
Dr Rajesh TandonProf Relebohile Moletsane03-May-2112-May-22
Ms Claudia FrittelliProf Thierry Luescher26-May-2102-Jun-22
Prof Peter MateruProf Sharlene Swartz16-Nov-2128-Jul-22
Dr Birgit SchreiberProf Ibrahim Oanda05-May-2104-Aug-22
Prof Saleem BadatProf Crain Soudien12-May-2118-Aug-22
Prof Sabelo Ndlovu-GatsheniProf Relebohile Moletsane15-May-2125-Aug-22
Prof Laura CzerniewiczMr Krish Chetty10-May-2101-Sep-22
Prof Issa ShivjiProf Crain Soudien21-Jun-2108-Sep-22
Dr Nelson Masanche NkhomaProf Catherine Odora30-Jul-2115-Sep-22
Prof Cheryl de la ReyProf Crain Soudien02-Jun-2122-Sep-22
Dr Doyin AtewologunProf David Everatt12-Jul-2129-Sept-22
Prof Tshilidzi MarwalaProf David Everatt13-May-2126-Oct-22
Mr Ndungu KahihuDr Alude Mahali 19-May-2103-Nov-22
Prof PatrĂ­cio LangaProf Ibrahim Oanda07-Jul-2117-Nov-22
Prof Teboho MojaDr Alude Mahali07-Jul-2124-Nov-22
Mr Chris BradfordProf Catherine Odora Hoppers02-Jul-2119-Jan-23
EARTH UniversityProfs Catherine Odora Hoppers and Crain Soudien12-Aug-2125-Jan-23
Mr Fred SwanikerDr Alude Mahali03-Sept-21
Prof Tade AinaProf Crain Soudien, Prof Thierry Luescher, Dr Angelique Wildschut and Ms Vuyiswa Mathambo07-Mar-23
Ms Shanen GanapatheeProf Ibrahim Oanda02-Jun-21
Prof Ernest AryeeteyProf Crain Soudien28-Feb-23
Prof Yunus BallimProf Crain Soudien and Prof Thierry Luescher07-Feb-23
Dr James Otieno JowiProf Crain Soudien and Prof Thierry Luescher14-Feb-23