Founded in February 2011, the Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN) is one of the most enduring South African non-profit organisations which specialises in advocacy, research and youth economic support and enjoys widespread recognition for its innovative programmes.

Established initially as 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, the Network has over the years transformed into a well respected roleplayer in the socio-economic development operating environment.

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 society that is more accessible to the marginalized and the poor; thorugh democracy, non-racialism, redress and the elimination of socio-economic disparities through education.

The Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN) believes in building a democratic society, strengthening a human rights culture and creating a safe South Africa in which crime and violence no longer govern.

We are committed to ensuring the advancement of a country and communities in which all South Africans are secure and protected, able to access their rights and have opportunities to prosper. To this end the organisation engages in lobbying and advocacy, capacity building, direct service delivery and research.

The primary mission of the Network is to develop unemployed youth and graduates for active economic participation through high impact programs, viable partnerships and research.

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. 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 Network celebrates its 8 year anniversary since inauguration on the 12th February 2011 with a rising alumni membership, increased programme footprint and social impact in South African society.

Mission

We are 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.