Very pleased to me amongst the 5 projects selected by the ESRC/NRF
ESRC-NRF Newton call for collaborative research on Higher Education in South Africa17 November 2016
The ESRC and National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa are pleased to announce five new collaborative research projects on higher education in South Africa or wider Africa.
The collaborative projects between UK and South African researchers will seek to answer fundamental questions about how higher education is organised and funded and what it is for in relation to the individual and society given the particular challenges facing the South African/wider Africa higher education context.
Speaking on behalf of the National Research Foundation, Dr Andrew Kaniki, Executive Director, Knowledge Fields Development (KFD), said: "the NRF is delighted to once again partner with the ESRC in jointly supporting researchers in South Africa and the UK to address the pertinent issues faced by our institutions, particularly at the stage when South African higher education sector tackles issue relating to the relevance of curricula, access to higher education, financing of higher education and the same time the #FeesMustFall campaign. The collaboration between South African and UK experts should certainly provide knowledge that will enhance policy in higher education and in addition, the valuable new knowledge in South African, and African higher education."
Speaking on behalf of the ESRC, Joy Todd, Strategic Lead for Education research said: "this collaboration further strengthens our partnership with the NRF in South Africa and develops our portfolio of research on Higher Education. These projects will address live issues facing South Africa and we anticipate them impacting on policy and practice both at a policy level and within higher education institutions."
Part of the Newton Fund, the Higher Education in South Africa collaborative call has awarded just over £2.25 million of ESRC funding, in addition to 11.3 million RAND (equivalent to approximately £670,000) from NRF, to the following projects: