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Equity and transformation at 3 South African universities: reviewing activities and distilling policy propositions

Two new documents have been released by CHEC. The first is a review report commissioned by Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY).

CHEC to co-host the Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TNLC 2014): “Live Engagement, Transform Lives”

The conference will take place on 2-4 December 2014 at the Spier Conference Centre in Stellenbosch. It will bring together university leaders from around the world to chart the next stage of the global movement of higher education civic engagement and social responsibility. For details visit www.tnlc2014.org

Welcome to CHEC

The Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC) aims to establish the Western Cape as a strong higher education region which, through systemic inter-institutional cooperation and academic programme collaboration, will be

  • distinctively responsive to regional, national and international developments in the knowledge economy of the 21st century
  • sensitive to historical realities in promoting equity across its institutions and
  • cost-effective and of high quality.

This academic consortium comprises the four public universities in the Western Cape. All of the universities are within a 40-minute range from each other by road and share a single automated library system.

Since the beginning of 2012, the University of South Africa (UNISA) has held observer status at the CHEC Board meetings. Where possible, UNISA is included in CHEC activities.

The CHEC Board of Directors comprises four senior executives, usually the deputy vice chancellors charged with academic affairs, and the CHEC chief executive officer. The Board operates under delegated authority from the Councils of the four universities.

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Graduate Survey

The four universities in the Western Cape – UCT, CPUT, UWC and Stellenbosch University – have completed a large-scale graduate tracer survey. The survey, which was conducted under the auspices of the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC) aimed to reach 24 000 graduates who acquired their degrees (undergraduate and postgraduate) and diplomas from the four universities in 2010.

The main purpose of the survey is to better understand the varied pathways into work for the graduates of the four universities. It is anticipated that the findings of the survey will assist the universities to formulate strategies to improve the link between education and employment for the benefit of future generations of university students.

In June 2013, CHEC published the survey findings in two formats of the report entitled “Pathways from University to Work: A Graduate Destination Survey of the 2010 Cohort of Graduates from the Western Cape Universities”. Please click here to download the ABRIDGED version or here to download the FULL report.

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Overview of Higher Education
in the Western Cape

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Staff Development Programme

Find out about out about CHEC’s short
courses in Quality Teaching in HE, and
the Middle Management development programme

Data on South African higher education

Institutional-level open data on all 23 public universities in South Africa





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