Contextual and Policy Conditions
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In our project we have been concerned with the relationship and the balance between higher education, government policies, society (labour market and social change), universities and individuals. We operationalize this concern by investigating how universities advance graduate employability but also inclusive development, understood to include access and participation to and in university, as well as future contributions to social well-being. For example, a young political science student interviewed in 2013 at the University of the Free State said, ‘I want to do something that’s going to help me change something in this country, get a job with my degree and also change social ills, whether it be poverty, health…just do something that’s going to get the next person to their next level.’ Her words highlight the transformative potential of higher education – in changing individual lives, but also changing societies for the better as graduates move into employment.
KeywordsHigh Education Labour Market Gross Domestic Product Black Student High Education System
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