The combined forces of globalisation, demands for economic reconstruction, social transformation, demographics and information technology ushered in a paradigm shift in the transformation and restructuring of Higher Education (HE). However, these forces have been vigorously debated as having influence at the present and coming decade, and are shaping the new academic landscape in South Africa. In response to changes and challenges in HE, the government’s National Plan on Higher Education (NPHE) requires the Institutions of Higher Learning to translate and transform their institutional strategies and programmes into new conceptions of educational markets by producing graduates needed for social and economic development, achieving equity and diversity, building and sustaining research capacity, and creating new organizational forms. The study critically examines the out-structured Technikons in South Africa, and the new academic landscape using the case of the Durban University of Technology (DUT). The focus of this investigation is on the progress made by DUT while operationalising the strategic objectives and targets of the government’s NPHE. The South African policy agenda for democratizing and restructuring HE can be placed within the context of policy development and the substantial changes in the reconfiguration of Higher Education and Universities. The study has established that the environmental factors and other challenges are impacting on higher education and the Technikon sector in South Africa. The Durban University of Technology operationalised the NPHE to the extent of applying diversity and equity targets, the restructuring of academic services and programmes, the research targets, the harmonization of human resources and the replacement of old systems with new systems and the establishment of new forms of governance at the institution. The study revealed some implication of the New Academic landscape and the vulnerability of DUT in as far as organizational resources, leadership and governance, accountability and quality assurance are concerned.
Thesis (PhD (Public Affairs))--University of Pretoria, 2007.