n South African Journal of Higher Education - Benchmarking in the globalised world and its impact on South African higher education

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Increasing globalisation of higher education and the consequent extension of "competition" beyond regional and national boundaries will make it inevitable for South African higher education institutions to look at practice in other countries to inform their decisions. In order to understand the potential impact of international benchmarking on South African institutions, it is important to explore the future role of benchmarking on the international level. In this regard, examples of transnational benchmarking activities will be considered. As a result of the involvement of South African institutions in its projects, this will include the activities of the International Benchmarking Club (CHEMS). The conception of benchmarking as well as the factors that influence the potential take-up of benchmarking in higher education systems will furthermore be clarified. It is also important to take into account the systemic factors that encourage/inhibit benchmarking.

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