Academic Presents Paper at Inaugural Asian Conference
Senior Lecturer and Academic Leader within the Politics Discipline at the School of Social Sciences, Dr Bheki Mngomezulu, presented his paper titled: “The Impact of Government Policies on the Sustainability of Social Sciences: Lessons from Africa”, at the inaugural Asian Conference in Japan on Social Sciences and Sustainability.
Mngomezulu’s paper examined the state of social sciences from a global perspective and then cited examples from the African continent to show how African universities had been (and continue to be) affected by the global trend.
The key argument was that African governments played a pivotal role in promoting social sciences in the 1960s and 1970s but were now responsible for the demise of this academic field. The paper concluded by looking at the role industry could play in improving the state of social science in African universities.
‘The choice for this topic was informed by the general trend by national governments to invest time and resources in promoting science and technology at the expense of social sciences,’ explained Mngomezulu. ‘I was particularly concerned about the negative impact of this practice and possible ramifications.’
His presentation was well-received, with Mngomezulu being praised by the Conference organisers. He was asked to present another paper for the conference scheduled for later this year.
‘Conferences like these are important because they bring together scholars from across the globe to share similar experiences and propose different solutions to the existing problems/challenges. Importantly, the outcomes have a potential to influence government policies,’ he added.