The 20th edition of the PwC Higher Education Conference, attended by 170 delegates, took place in a sunny Cape Town from 2 to 3 September.
Our action-packed line-up included 4 Vice-chancellors, 2 Chief Financial Officers, 2 Chairmen of listed company boards, a banker, a futurist and a ventriloquist all contributing to the theme of the conference " Higher Education - are we at a tipping point". Professor Botman from Stellenbosch University opened proceedings re-imagining the university of the 21st century. This was followed by a riveting panel discussion between Professor Habib from WITS and Dr Eloff from North-West University opposing Dr Hertzog from Medi-Clinic and Bonang Mohale from Shell. The debate centred on the role of higher education institutions in a country with a high unemployment rate. Very strong viewpoints were shared with the audience, who actively participated during question time.
Further presentations on day 1 included Dr Badat from Rhodes University, Jaco van Schoor from University of Johannesburg and Manie Regal from the University of the Western Cape. On day 2 Clem Sunter very eloquently argued that we are at a tipping point in education and that our actions in 2013, will impact decisively on our ability to achieve the goals set out in the National Development Plan. Tshepo Ntsimane from the DBSA proposed different funding models for student accommodation, whilst Malcolm Campbell, Louis Rossouw and Charles de Wet from PwC completed the line-up with technical presentations that were well received by the delegates.
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