The second edition of the KPMG Higher Education publication is released at a time when the country is concerned with the volatility of the Rand, the threat of a down-grade in South Africa’s credit rating and rising socio-political discord.
In addition to the challenges posed by operating in such a tumultuous environment, Universities are also facing a multitude of internal hurdles including uncertainty over their future funding model, rising student expectations and rapidly changing playing fields, driven by the technological revolution and the urgent cries to democratise education.
The conference theme for 2016 is “#StatusQuoMustFall – KPMG and FARF Creating sustainable solutions for Universities”. The theme was selected to create a platform for engagement on how governance mechanisms can add value to safeguarding the assets of institutions and contribute to their future viability.
The publication includes topical areas of importance to Universities and opinion pieces from key leaders in the sector.