The Inyathelo Ninth Leadership Retreat was held in South Africa recently with the theme “The Best of Times, the Worst of Times – Positioning institutional advancement in times of challenge and change”. Vice-chancellors and senior advancement officers discussed how universities might engage stakeholders in transformation, and tap deeper into growing philanthropic support to help higher education meet development goals.
Advancement – Engaging stakeholders in transformation
The practice of advancement plays an important role not only as a source of funding but in positioning and differentiating universities, supporting strategic initiatives, and improving institutional governance and leadership.
Universities gain from growth in philanthropy
There has been extraordinary growth in philanthropy in Africa – and universities have been major beneficiaries – according to Dr Bhekinkosi Moyo, CEO of the Southern Africa Trust. Also, the nature of philanthropy has transformed along with its relationship to governments as they seek to meet development goals.
Universities need to convince themselves of the high value of diverse talent and inclusivity, of democracy and the civic sense of togetherness and interdependence on which the knowledge economy depends, before they can sell themselves to a questioning public, says Nancy Cantor, chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark, a leading public research institution in the United States.