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Creating the Leading Edge

On 19 May 2016 a function was held to honour those who had completed all core modules in the CLE programme.

Going Global

Cape Town International Convention Centre, 3 – 5 May 2016

Going Global is an annual conference offering an open forum for global leaders of tertiary education to discuss issues facing the international education community.

Africa Day Celebrations

25 May 2016

CHEC collaborated with the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town in preparing for Africa Day celebrations at the Artscape Theatr.

Education Students’ Regional Research Conference

25 June 2016

The ESRRC provides a safe, collegial space to postgraduate students from the four Western Cape Universities, with research interests in education, to share their research and work in progress at the annual conference. Each year a different university hosts the conference. The University of Cape Town is the proud host of ESRRC 2016.

CHEC’s Meeting with the Provincial Top Management of the Western Cape Government

17 March 2016

CHEC representatives met with the Western Cape Government’s Provincial Top Management team to discuss CHEC’s role with regards to the Joint Task Team.

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.

Click here for more information about CHEC.

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
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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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