n South African Journal of Higher Education - How now 'cloned' cow? Challenging conceptualisations of South African universities of technology




Three challenges are posed to the architects of South African Universities of Technology in terms of the definitions of technology, the view that technology is in itself a positive value, and the usage of the term in relation to definitions of human beings or the human condition. There is a need to broaden and deepen the understanding and conceptualisation of these definitions as they pertain to the institution type. The definition of a university of technology as an institution type cannot logically be determined outside of attempts to define technology per se. Moreover, these issues are in a constant state of flux and to ignore this may lead to the establishment of a monolithic institution that is neither geared towards reflective practice nor able to accommodate the kind of critical discourse that is required to mediate the effects of technology in a fast-changing world.


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