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Prof. Van Coller elected to panel of the Humanities
2008-12-04

Prof. Hennie van Coller, Head of the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French at the UFS, was recently elected to the consensus panel of the Humanities, under the guidance of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa (Assaf). The panel will investigate the situation in the Humanities that resulted from the perception that it is experiencing crises worldwide. In certain circles it is not regarded as a science, remuneration systems within the Humanities compares poorly with other sectors and funding is difficult to obtain. This whilst issues pertaining to humanities are in the foreground in South Africa, such as the issues regarding the handling of Aids, crime, illiteracy, violence and unemployment.

The panel’s work will stretch over the next 18 months and a report will be handed to government. The panel of experts from across South Africa is under chairmanship of Prof. Jonathan Jansen, former dean at the University of Pretoria, and also includes among others two international experts.

 

 

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