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Sustainable Transformation and Higher Education

- By Wits University

Professor Adams Onuka from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria will deliver the opening address at the conference themed Sustainable Transformation and Higher Education. The conference, hosted by the School of Education and the Higher Education Research and Policy Network (Herpnet), takes place from 21 to 23 September 2015 at the Wits Parktown Education Campus. 

Onuka's address is titled African higher education transformation for quality outcome: A holistic approach.

He is the Vice-President and Chair of the Editorial Board of Herpnet as well as a member of Association for Educational Assessment in Africa. He is the immediate past president of the Association of Educational Researchers and Evaluators of Nigeria. He served in Senate of the University of Ibadan for six consecutive years.

His research interests cover assessment and evaluation in management education, distance learning, learning achievements and examining. He has over 120 publications to his credit. He has served at the West African Editor of the East African Journal of Education, Research and Policy.

Professor Achille Mbembe, is a Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER). He is the author of many books, including On the Postcolony and Critique de la raison negre. His work has been translated into various languages. He is also the Editor of the online magazine The Johannesburg Salon and the convenor of The Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (JWTC).

He will deliver the keynote address on day two of the conference. His address is titled Decolonizing the University – Investing in our Future.

Mbembe is a philosopher, political scientist and a public intellectual born in Cameroon. He obtained his PhD in History at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1989 and a D.E.A. in Political Science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques also in the same city Paris.

Professor Robert Balfour, Dean of Education Sciences at North-West University, will present the keynote address on day three of the conference. His address is titled Postcards from the edge: gay identity, leadership and transformation in higher education.

Balfour completed his doctorate at Cambridge University in 1999. Between 2003 and 2014, he supervised seven doctorates and six master's degrees in English Language and Education. Balfour is an Honorary Professor of Language Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and has held three fellowships: Clare Hall, Cambridge (2003), Institute of Commonwealth Studies (2005), and Institute of Education, London (2014). He has published over 50 scholarly publications, edited three collections of articles in international language journals, published in five scholarly books, and edited three books on education, language, and literature.