oa Alternation - The philosophy of funding higher education after the cold war: the case of South Africa

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



In this essay we consider issues pertaining to the funding of higher education in contemporary South Africa. This is predicated on the premise that before and after constitutional change in 1994 the philosophy underlying and informing the funding of higher education in South Africa is similar to that which prevails in the West. This premise cannot attain validity without a reflection upon the complex history of the relations between South Africa and the West. For this reason a sustained focus upon this history shall form an essential ingredient of our approach. Here the intention is not to repeat much of what is already well established and well-known history. Instead, the intention is to highlight out of this history specific moments and issues that pertain to the subject of our essay. The historical approach we propose to pursue here is also intended to identify the differences and nuances between the South African philosophy of the funding of higher education and, the West in general but the United States of America in particular.

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