Dr Thierry Luescher joins HSRC

As from April 3, 2017, Dr Thierry Luescher has joined the South African Human Sciences Research Council in Cape Town as Research Director in the Education and Skills Development research programme. He heads the unit focused on higher education.

The HSRC is a statutory science council established to conduct large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific projects for public-sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. The HSRC is one of the leading African research institutions and think-tanks.

The HSRC’s mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The HSRC includes the following institutes, centres and programmes:

  • Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA)
  • Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII)
    Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
  • Economic Performance and Development (EPD)
  • Education and Skills Development (ESD)
  • HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB (including the Africa-wide research network SAHARA) (HAST)
  • Human and Social Development (HSD)
  • Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation (PHHSI)

The HSRC Press, the publishing arm of the HSRC, is the premier open access academic publisher in the Social Sciences in South Africa, with a wide international reach.


Student Politics in Africa book reviewed in the journal ‘International Higher Education’

The book Student Politics in Africa: Respresentation and Activism (2016) published by members of Osphera.Net has been listed and reviewed in the latest issue of International Higher Education (No. 87, Fall 2016, p. 29), published by the Centre for International Higher Education (CIE) of Boston College, USA. The reviewer writes:

Student political activism is an increasingly salient issue for higher education worldwide. This book focuses on Africa— with chapters devoted to student representation in governance of universities as well as more traditional forms of activism. Cases from a range of countries in Anglophone and Francophone Africa are provided. Although
this book relates to Africa, it is relevant for an international audience. See: http://www.africanminds.co.za/african-minds-books-listed-in-international-higher-education 


Prof. Ransford E.V. Gyampo

Congratulations to Osphera.net research member and main author of Chapter 11: Politicisation of the National Union of Ghana Students and its effects on student representation (Ransford EV Gyampo, Emmanuel Debrah and Evans Aggrey-Darkoh) in the 2016 book “Student Politics in Africa: Representation and Activism”. He has been promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Ghana.


It is now Dr Bekele Workie

Congratulations to Bekele Workie Ayele who has recently been successfully examined and admitted to PhD by the University of Addis Ababa. Bekele is is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Gondar, Ethiopia. He wrote his dissertation on Curriculum Design and Development at Addis Ababa University. His dissertation is on “Internationalization of Postgraduate Curriculum at Addis Ababa University: From Design and Development to Practice.” He has published in local and international scholarly journals, chapters in books and books. In the book Student Politics in Africa: Representation and Activism, Bekele is the author of chapter 7: “Student participation in the governance of Ethiopian higher education institutions: the case of Addis Ababa University” (published 2016).