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Prof. Philip Higgs
University of South Africa, South Africa
University Autonomy in A Democratic South Africa: A Critical Reflection
In the light of a new democratic dispensation in South Africa, it has become necessary to pose the question - to what extent has the university in South Africa retained its institutional autonomy? My argument in this paper is that the institutional autonomy of universities in South African is being beleaguered by a climate of utility whose forces are principally those of democratic politics.
Philip Higgs is Emeritus Professor and Research Fellow in the College of Education at the University of South Africa. He holds two doctorates in the areas of Philosophy of Religion (University of Natal) and Philosophy of Education (University of South Africa). He is Series Editor of the International Heinemann Philosophy of Education Series and his book publications include, African Voices in Education, Re-thinking Our World, Rethinking Truth, and Philosophy of Education Today: An Introduction. Philip Higgs has also published in various academic journals, among others, the South African Journal of Philosophy, the South African Journal of Academica, Educare, Education and Society, Perspectives in Education, Studies in Philosophy and Education, Interchange, World Studies in Education, Indilinga: Journal for Indigenos Knowledge Systems, Higher Education Review, Journal of Comparative Education and International Relations in Africa and, Education Philosophy and Theory. He serves on the Editorial Committees of a number of national and international journals and was a past Editor-in-Chief of the South African Journal of Higher Education, and President of the South African Association for Research and Development in Higher Education. He is a South African National Research Foundation Rated Scholar.
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