Human Development, Capabilities and Graduate Employability

  • Melanie Walker
  • Samuel Fongwa


Our research drew on documentary, quantitative and qualitative data and uniquely considered the multiple perspectives of students – black and white, male and female, middle and working class, urban and rural and studying different programmes – as well as university staff and employers across four different kinds of South African universities. We situated these voices in the history, policy and context of South Africa so that graduate employability as we understand it is a function of complex intersecting and co-determining factors. For the most part where real efforts were being made to provide a quality education in the case study universities, these efforts were closer to Fraser’s (2009) affirmative strategy than to transformation.


Social Capital Social Entrepreneurship Capability Approach High Education Policy British Council 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melanie Walker
    • 1
  • Samuel Fongwa
    • 2
  1. 1.University of the Free StateBloemfonteinSouth Africa
  2. 2.University of the Free StateBloemfonteinSouth Africa

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