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Advances in Higher Education is a fully accessible publication that serves as the medium to publish the original educational research article that focusing on teaching, learning and educational developments throughout the world in universities, polytechnics, colleges, and vocational and education institutions which despite public and private higher education sectors. It aims to serve as a debate forum for a diverse group of scholar who share the characteristic features, as well as problems and issue of each education system, and who can have significant voice in discussion around topics of higher education. The content will focus on the field of educational theory, student management, teaching method, conceptual model of educational process and cases study.

The article categories within the journal include (but are not limited to) the following fields:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Learning Theory and Processes
  • Theory Practice Relationship
  • Teacher Education
  • Curriculum
  • Recruitment
  • Campus Climate
  • Academic Culture
  • Languages
  • Persistence motivation


 Announcements

News: WATCH: DA students protest about class disturbances at TUT

DA member of parliament Bronwyn Engelbrecht led a student protest by DA Student Organisation (Daso) to the Department of Higher Education and Training. 

The students sought to convince Minister Naledi Pandor and her office to intervene and help bring about peace at the Tshwane University of Technology’s Soshanguve campus. 

Engelbrecht said DA students have been trying to get classes to resume but the EFF Student Command and South African Student Congress have been disrupting classes. 

She said: Daso notes the tragic shooting of a student following the exposure of irregularities by officials.

Posted: 2018-09-12

News: Australia’s biggest university, Monash, is pulling out of South Africa after 18 years

After 18 years, Australia's Monash University will be pulling out of South Africa, selling out to JSE-listed education group Advtech in a R340 million deal.

Monash South Africa was registered in 2000, and markets itself as a local provider of degrees with international brand recognition. Its Johannesburg campus has a capacity of 6,500 students and features a number of student residences, popular among students from other African countries.

But the Monash name will disappear from that campus, its soon-to-be new owners say.

See also: Wits is the top university among SA multi-millionaires – but UCT is hot on its heels

Posted: 2018-09-12

News: NWURacism Students Protest Language Policy

On Friday September 7, students from the University of the North West Potchefstroom campus embarked on a strike. They handed over a joint Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command and South African Student Congress memorandum. The students are calling for English to be implemented as a the medium of instruction and to do away from Afrikaans. The Daily Vox team rounds up.

Many students took to social media after the strike. They said that while the strike was peaceful, they were met with extreme racism from students. Students protested saying that they would not accept the resolution that they be taught in Tswana as not all students on the campus were Tswana-speaking. Additionally, the use of translation devices and translators were brought up as being very unhelpful. In a memorandum seen by The Daily Vox, other demands include insourcing and for an increase in black students who are admitted to the university.

Posted: 2018-09-12

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Advances in Higher Education is a fully accessible publication that serves as the medium to publish the original educational research article that focusing on teaching, learning and educational developments throughout the world in universities, polytechnics, colleges, and vocational and education institutions which despite public and private higher education sectors. It aims to serve as a debate forum for a diverse group of scholar who share the characteristic features, as well as problems and issue of each education system, and who can have significant voice in discussion around topics of higher education. The content will focus on the field of educational theory, student management, teaching method, conceptual model of educational process and cases study.

The article categories within the journal include (but are not limited to) the following fields:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Learning Theory and Processes
  • Theory Practice Relationship
  • Teacher Education
  • Curriculum
  • Recruitment
  • Campus Climate
  • Academic Culture
  • Languages
  • Persistence motivations


 

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USP JournalsArticle Processing Charge
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