STIAS theme

University and Society research theme invitation

University and Society research theme invitation

STIAS is calling for expressions of interest in its youngest research theme “University and Society: Disruption, Discourse and New Directions”. Projects under this theme should attempt to understand and unpack the deep complexities of the South African university against the background of global discussions on the changing role of the university. Although many of the … [Read more]

Even where the science is clear translating it is a challenge - Fellows' seminar by the DOHaD group

Even where the science is clear translating it is a challenge – Fellows’ seminar by the DOHaD group

“As a paediatrician I’ve spent a lifetime caring for sick and critically injured children. I realised many of these illnesses were preventable,” said Andrew Macnab of the Department of Paediatrics at the University of British Columbia. “The healthcare system in many lower and middle-income countries doesn’t have the resources to ‘fix’ things, we therefore have … [Read more]

Feeding our children’s children - update from the sustainable agro-ecosystems group

Feeding our children’s children – update from the sustainable agro-ecosystems group

“It’s about our children’s children,” said Richard Sikora. “They will live with these problems if we don’t do something now. We have to target the breadbaskets of southern Africa.” STIAS Fellow and project convenor Richard Sikora during their seminar presentation on 19 October 2017 Sikora, who is from the Institute of Crop Science and Resource … [Read more]

STIAS launches new long-term theme project on the university

STIAS launches new long-term theme project on the university

STIAS today announced the launch of a new project among its long-term research themes. The University and Society theme will seek to sketch out the past and the future of higher education in South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world and to translate real and perceived instances of disruption and discourse into new … [Read more]

Examining the impact of corruption in Africa – SASCA Seminar 2017

Examining the impact of corruption in Africa – SASCA Seminar 2017

“Corruption is no longer just a simple crime or even just a crime against development but should be ranked amongst crimes against humanity. The relentless persistence of endemic corruption in Africa and the failure since independence to seriously control it poses one of the greatest threats to the on-going faltering attempts to promote a culture … [Read more]

STIAS consultation on South African higher education in a global context

STIAS consultation on South African higher education in a global context

Background At its annual two day meeting in March 2016 the STIAS Academic Advisory Board had an in-depth discussion about the landscape of South African higher education in a global context, following lead-in presentations by Professors Bert van der Zwaan (Utrecht University) and Shireen Hassim (University of the Witwatersrand).  The Board recommended that STIAS initiate … [Read more]