UKZN Co-hosts QS WorldClass Seminar
University leaders from around the world met to discuss Higher Education trends as well as expand their global connections at the 7th QS WorldClass Seminar in Johannesburg co-hosted by UKZN and QS Asia.
The Seminar aimed to offer universities strategic advice on how to meet the increasing need to boost global recognition and sharpen their competitive edge.
The Seminar attracted university leadership from a large number of international universities in regions including South Africa, Africa, Asia, India, United Kingdom, United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
The welcome address was delivered by UKZN’s Professor Deogratius Jaganyi on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Malegapuru Makgoba.
UKZN was also represented by the Executive Director – Corporate Relations Division Mr Lesiba Seshoka, the Registrar Mr Convy Baloyi and Professor Jane Meyerowitz of Special Projects.
The keynote address was delivered by Director: University Teaching and Learning Development, Department of Higher Education and Training in South Africa, Professor Nan Yeld.
The main topic for debate was: “Universities Do More Harm than Good when they Produce More Graduates than there are Graduate-Level Jobs”.
It was argued that Higher Education enriched the mind and was not only about being employable. There was also an argument that the quality of graduates produced was more important than the quantity and the types of graduates produced should have transferrable generic skills.
There was agreement that graduates should go out and educate their community and thereby create a better life-style, and be able to create employment rather than look for it.
Consensus was reached that universities were not ‘doing more harm than good by producing more graduates than graduate-level jobs’.
- Shakila Thakurpersad