The Higher Education Transformation Network (NPO 116-851) is an independent Alumni Association and independent network of graduates & scholars from various higher and further educational institutions across South Africa committed to increasing equitable access to higher education to eliminate socio-economic disparities through education. We are a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO 116-851) established on the 12th February 2011.

The primary mission of the Network is to ensure the transformation of the higher education sector as well as empower graduates and unemployed youth for active economic participation through high impact programs, viable partnerships and research.

We believe that socio-economic development of vulnerable sections of South African society is possible through high impact programme interventions, skills development, focused research and capacity development to ensure a fair egalitarian society that is more accessible to the marginalized and the poor through redress and the elimination of socio-economic disparities through education.

We are committed to ensuring the advancement of South Africa and its communities in which all South Africans prosper socially and economically with improved economic opportunities for all through access to higher education.

The National Development Plan (NDP Vision 2030) recognises that education is the cornerstone upon which a nation that provides opportunities for social mobility, equity, social justice and democracy will depend. The National Development Plan (NDP) Vision 2030 states that “universities should be welcoming for black and female teachers, students and researchers” to ensure “significant progress in reversing gender and racial imbalances in the higher education sector to ensure that African and women make up 50% of the teaching and research staff of universities”.

The strategic link between access to higher education, poverty eradication, social mobility, economic competitiveness and social justice, as well as increased labour productivity within the context of a nation’s economy has long been established.

Under the auspices of our Director: Research, the Network publishes the African Journal in Education and Transformation (AJET), a bi-annual Journal offering graduate scholars the opportunity to participate in peer reviewed research output and to avail a platform for novice and experienced graduate Researchers to publish as well as attain professional ratings by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

The Journal publishes peer-reviewed articles, review articles, case studies, exemplar profiles, viewpoints and research results from practitioners of all grades and professions, academics and other specialists on the broad spectrum of functional areas in Education; Social Sciences; Management Sciences; Economics; Law; Built Environment

The Network attains its strategic objectives through lobbying, providing policy advocacy and promoting quality research output in collaboration with government, tertiary institutions, private sector and development agencies to improve access to and quality of higher education. The Network celebrates its 10 year anniversary since inauguration on the 12th February 2011 with a rising alumni membership, increased litigation & advocacy programme footprint and social impact in South African society.

Mission

We are committed to the transformation of the higher education sector to increase equitable access to higher education, knowledge, skills and learning to ensure:-

What We Do

The National Development Plan (NDP) Vision 2030 states that “universities should be welcoming for black and female teachers, students and researchers” to ensure “significant progress in reversing gender and racial imbalances in the higher education sector to ensure that African and women make up 50% of the teaching and research staff of universities”.

In order to attain the above-mentioned, the National Development Plan Vision 2030 set a national target for South Africa to produce 100 000 Research & Teaching staff and increase the outputs of black and female teachers, Lecturers & Researchers & to ensure progress in reversing gender and racial imbalances in the higher education sector with the goal that Africans and women make up 50% of the teaching and research staff of universities.

We accordingly believe that priority should be placed on the recruitment and development of black and female South African Lecturers & Researchers to reverse gender & racial imbalances in the higher education sector & ensure that Africans & women make up 50% of the teaching & research staff of universities.

We believe in lifelong education and training to meet national and transnational priorities of South Africa in the context of the global knowledge economy. Our policy stance is that since public institutions of higher learning are funded at taxpayer’s expense, public higher education must serve the interests and objectives of the South African nation.

We agree that institutions of higher learning should be autonomous, however this does not mean that such higher education managers are not accountable to the SA nation that establishes and funds them. Institutional accountability should therefore not be perceived as an erosion of institutional autonomy, as long as institutions strive to achieve overarching national strategic objectives of the Republic of South Africa.

Join us to ensure higher education access for all communities.