Taking the Pulse of Education & Higher Learning in South Africa & Worldwide
The Covid-19 Pandemic has caused intense disruption across all societies and particularly in the space of Higher Learning, where it has widened already existing social and economic gaps. In the second edition of the Cornerstone Critical Dialogues on Bush Radio 89.5FM this coming Thursday evening, we will be “Taking the Pulse of Higher Education in South Africa and Worldwide” with a panel of distinguished guests, including Professor Ahmed Bawa Chief Executive Officer, Universities South Africa (USAF), Professor Loretta Feris, Professor of Law at UCT, Professor Driekie Hay-Swemmer, Executive Director in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, CPUT, and Professor Martin Oosthuizen, CEO, Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC). Facilitated by Rev Dr Rudi Buys, Executive Dean of Cornerstone Institute, this 2-hour discussion will look at how higher learning institutions everywhere continue to weather the impact of Covid on their daily operations, new collaborations that have sprung up to help close the gaps exposed by the pandemic, new technologies that can help to replicate the on-campus experience in a virtual learning environment, and much more. We hope you join us this coming Thursday evening 7- 9pm on Bush Radio 89.5FM - as well as our Facebook and YouTube Live platforms - for this Critical Dialogue into where higher learning is going in the months and years ahead. Hosted by veteran news journalist Ryan Fortune and a rotating lineup of facIlitators and guests, the Cornerstone Critical Dialogues on Bush Radio 89.5FM, brings together people of different backgrounds and points of view to discuss the most pressing issues facing our world today and in the years ahead. Discussion topics will include climate change activism, artificial intelligence, urban food security, and lots more. The show will be streamed via our Facebook and YouTube pages as well as recorded and made available on popular podcasting platforms.
FACILITATOR: Rev Dr Rudi Buys, Executive Dean, Cornerstone Institute
Rudi Buys joined Cornerstone Institute in 2017, following completion of his doctoral studies as full-time student locally and abroad. His prior roles among others include dean of student affairs at Free State University (2010-2014), Provincial Youth Commissioner tasked with education (2005-2009) and spokesman of the provincial education ministry.
Rudi specialized to masters level in public theology, with a focus on community engagement. His dissertation dealt with the practice of holistic communication and language theory, drawing theoretically on the work of Leonardo Boff, Jurgen Moltman and Ludwig Wittgenstein, among others.
Prof. Kallie August and Prof. Johan Cilliers at Stellenbosch University supervised successive dissertations. In his doctoral work Rudi focused on higher education studies, with a focus on change theory.
He completed the qualitative study in 2015 as visiting scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the dissertation last year supervised by Prof. Jonathan Jansen at the University of the Free State. The study theoretically draws on the work of Paulo Freire, Homi Bhabha, Donald Winnicott and Rene Girard, among others.
In addition to conferences to present his findings, Rudi currently continues his research with two book projects on bridgebuilding as theory of change leadership. He wants to be a Freirean and a phenomenologist, a scholar of praxis.