Education in brief

The long road to a PhD
The stories of 10 women and their journeys to being awarded doctorates are the subject of a new book, PaperHeads, by Liz Harrison, who received her PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. It is based on her thesis.

“As members of a self-formed study group called PaperHeads, the [10 women] were supported and challenged by the identity thresholds that each crossed in their learning,” international academic publisher Peter Lang announced on Monday. “Each story of an individual postgraduate student is represented by a metaphor for identity construction, which is then analysed by the author.”

Getting varsity business done
Partnerships involving universities, business and industry were a major focus of Higher Education South Africa’s biennial conference, held on Tuesday and Wednesday in Pretoria this week.

This was the second of the conferences initiated two years ago by Higher Education South Africa, the body that represents the vice-chancellors of South Africa’s 23 ­public universities.
The 2010 conference was aimed at strengthening the ­collaborations of higher education, the government and industry on research and innovation.

This week’s conference drew universities, the government, parastatals, ­science councils and industry together to pursue the same aim.

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