US-SA Higher Education Network

The US-SA Higher Education Network (USSA HEN) is a coalition of universities, foundations and government agencies dedicated to strengthening ties among higher education institutions. Inyathelo’s partnership with US-SA HEN incorporates several levels of engagement.  Inyathelo is a programme lead on university Advancement and third stream income, universities as anchor institutions, and university research office capacity development.

The outcomes set for Inyathelo in the US-SA HEN partnership agreement have been to facilitate the development of two concept papers, one on third stream income and the other on anchor universities in South Africa. The paper on anchor institutions was released in July 2022 by author  Dr Samuel Fongwa, senior research specialist in the Inclusive Economic Development Division of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). The title of Dr Fongwa’s paper is  Universities as anchor institutions: What implications for South African universities?”

The third stream income paper will focus on the evolution of thinking on third stream income following the publication of the research report produced by the Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL)  at Rhodes University in 2009. Inyathelo plans to follow up on the recommendations in the Vice Chancellors’ conference report which discussed the CHERTL research, and identify the shifts in the environment since 2009. 

Ongoing work in the US-SA HEN programme includes exchange and collaboration between universities in South Africa and the USA and growing the programme by seeking funding support. The exchange programme was impacted by Covid-19, however plans are still in place for visits between the countries now that it is safer to travel,  and for virtual exchange.

Inyathelo has also developed a proposal for establishing a baseline on Advancement operations at historically disadvantaged universities. It is currently identifying a lead researcher and prospects for this research.

In a collaboration with the South African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA),  SARIMA will focus on university research office capacity development in historically disadvantaged universities.  Research grants and technology transfer offices are important sources of additional funding for universities, and it is important that there be a greater understanding of the various ways collaboration occurs between Advancement offices and research offices in universities; and the management of information systems pertaining to grants received by the universities and how these impact on dashboards and management, leadership and oversight responsibilities.

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