Find out more about the Higher Education Reform Experts South Africa (HERESA)

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An Erasmus+ Capacity Building for Higher Education (CBHE) Project was awarded to the Technological Higher Education Network South Africa (THENSA) and OBREAL Global in 2020.

This project is aimed at developing a network of Higher Education Reform Experts in South Africa, inspired by the important practice of the Higher Education Reform Experts (HERE) in the European Union neighbourhood region (funded by the European Commission), which have been influencing policy change in their respective countries for approximately a decade.

General Objectives of HERESA

To establish a network of Higher Education Reform Experts to support governance, strategic planning, and management of Higher Education institutions in South Africa, so as to shape institutional and also national Higher Education strategies for teaching and learning, in response to changing labour market and societal needs.

Specific Objectives of the HERESA

The HERESA is aimed at providing help to South African technology-focused universities to revise and reinvigorate teaching and learning strategies, particularly in relation to priority areas identified by the project’s participants.

HERESA Priority Areas

Competence-Based Learning (CBL)

Competency-based learning or competency-based education is a framework for teaching and assessment of learning. It is also described as a type of education based on predetermined “competencies,” which focuses on outcomes and real-world performance.

Entrepreneurship Education

Entrepreneurship education seeks to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to encourage entrepreneurial success in a variety of settings. It also empowers students to think creatively, solve problems, seek opportunities, identify the correlation between hard work and success.

Teaching for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR)

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is rooted in the integration of networked technologies to facilitate automation with the onset of artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things being used in our everyday lives. The application of such automation is also found in the education sector

Work – Integrated Learning (WIL)

Work-integrated learning provides students with the opportunity to apply their learning from academic studies to relevant experiences and reciprocate learning back to their studies. WIL is an umbrella term; opportunities exist in various formats both on-campus and off-campus. 

The HERESA project was designed considering the MOUs and agreements presently in place between partner countries involved as well as the European Union and South African policy priorities for cooperation and development. These coincide with the vision and mission of THENSA and many of its EU partners, including those in Ireland, Italy, and Spain.

The HERESA network is comprised of individuals that have been strategically selected given their roles in overseeing and guiding teaching and learning at their institutions, and the potential to be catalysts for change in the sector.

Find out more about the HERESA Project Coordinators, Partner Institutions and Experts.

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