The Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN) is an independent non-profit network (NPO 116-851) of graduates and alumni from various higher education and further educational institutions across South Africa committed to the process of transformation of education and training.

We are a network of alumni from various higher education and further educational institutions across South Africa committed to the process of transformation of education and training to increase equitable and meaningful access to education, knowledge, skills and learning to ensure an education system that is more accessible by the marginalized and the poor; ensure progressive values of democracy, non-racialism, redress and broad participation and an education system to narrow and the elimination of socio-economic disparities through education.

The HETN 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. We collaborate with government, tertiary institutions, private sector and development agencies to improve access to and quality of higher education and the relationship between education, training, skills development and youth employability. The HETN celebrates its 4 year anniversary since inauguration on the 12th February 2011 with a rising alumni membership base and a diverse community of national alumni representation across most institutions of higher learning across South Africa.

Mission

The HETN is committed to the process of transformation of education and training to increase equitable and meaningful access to higher education, knowledge, skills and learning to ensure:-

What We Do

Our vision is a society in which all people value, have access to, and succeed in lifelong education and training of good quality that meets national and regional priorities in the context of the global knowledge economy. As the Network, we believe that since public institutions of higher learning are funded at taxpayer’s expense, that they 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.

The Higher Education Transformation Network acts as a policy advocate, catalyst and facilitator to facilitate higher education transformation through networks and strategic advice as well as empirical data output.