n South African Journal of Higher Education - Manufacturing - and exporting - excellence and 'mediocrity' : doctoral education in South Africa

Volume 29, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



South Africa thus far stands as the undisputed leader of knowledge production in Africa. Whereas its system is considered comparatively 'world class' by African standards, considerable challenges beset the sector including graduate education. This article provides a critical analysis of the doctoral (PhD) programme in South Africa with implications for the country in particular and the continent as a whole. The article posits that the country is simultaneously a citadel of excellence - and mediocrity - in the African academic landscape.

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