11 October 2017

South Africa: Transformation in Academia - UJ Makes Strides in Closing Gender Gap Among Academics


The University of Johannesburg still has a long way to go in addressing its racial makeup to more accurately reflect the population of South Africa, but it has made significant strides in improving gender imbalances among its academics. This was revealed when senior management appeared at hearings into gender transformation at institutions of higher learning this week. By PUSELETSO NTHATE.

Professor Ihron Rensburg, outgoing Vice-Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, revealed at a hearing into gender transformation at institutions of higher learning that of the 1101 academic staff at the university, nearly half (527) were women.

Rensburg said that since 2005, the university had prioritised race and gender equity and this could be seen in the increase of black people and women in leadership positions.

White South African female academics make up 249 of the posts and African females 137, while coloured and Indian females make up 28 and 72 of the posts respectively.

International staff account for 164 posts.

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