Restructuring higher education in South Africa was mooted in the early 2000s. CDE organised a high-level debate on what such institutional reconfiguration would seek to achieve and what it should look like.
The goal was to reduce the number of institutions from 36 to 21 to concentrate capacity in leadership, management, teaching, and research.
CDE asked how success in institutional reconfiguration should be measured.
Business’s view was that the mark of a good educational system was an economy growing in a sustainable way, with rising fixed investment and job creation rather than job destruction.