n Commonwealth Youth and Development - The globalisation of education : how prepared are students in previously disadvantaged South African universities to face the global world with confidence?

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



Globalisation has had a great impact not only on the South African economy, culture and sport but also on higher education. At the moment higher education institutions, particularly those that were previously disadvantaged, face the challenges of transforming themselves into functional educational institutions and of providing quality education to their clients (students) to enable them to competently function and fit within a globalised society. This study uses a structured questionnaire in its attempt to establish the extent to which university students at a previously disadvantaged rural KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) university perceive the relevance and quality of their university educational experience in a context of globalisation. It was carried out in February 2005. The empirical data from the 301 respondents indicates that poverty, lack of sufficient facilities and poor quality academic and support service were the factors that negatively impacted on the students who were studying at this previously disadvantaged university, which inadequately prepared them to confidently face the global environment. Improvements in these areas are thus recommended.

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