Open seminar: #FeesMustFall - The Free Higher Education Social Struggle in South Africa: Is the Nordic Model a Panacea for Developing Countries?

Presenter: Professor Nico Cloete

Professor Nico Cloete, University of Western Cape, South Africa, Center for Higher Education Transformation, South Africa, and University of Oslo (Prof II). Photo: Shane Colvin, UiO


Since late 2015, the South African government has been under pressure to respond to an unprecedented post-1994 student movement demanding free university education. The initial concession of no fee increases placated university students for a while but during 2016 university fees, dissatisfaction with the government and the fragmentation of the government itself coalesced into a serious threat to Africa’s ‘’best’’ university system. While free higher education has now become part of a much larger societal contestation, a basic question that has not been settled is whether the much quoted (and admired) Nordic free higher education system is appropriate for high inequality developing countries.

Commentator is Dr. Jens Jungblut, INCHER, University of Kassel


Published Jan. 26, 2017 11:44 AM - Last modified Jan. 8, 2020 6:52 PM