Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has established a 10-member committee to fast-track transformation in the tertiary sector. Nzimande’s department has been looking to accelerate transformation in universities, including setting clear targets and indicators. The demographics of the professoriate should be radically changed, discrimination eliminated and student success and support improved, according to the department. President Jacob Zuma has signed the Higher Education Amendment Act, which gives Nzimande more powers to intervene in university matters. The law gives the minister the power to determine transformation objectives and put mechanisms in place to ensure the objectives are met. It also empowers the minister to withhold funding under specific circumstances. The transformation oversight committee had been appointed for a three-year term, Nzimande said in the Government Gazette. The committee will be chaired by Prof André Keet, a director of the Internatio...

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