Professor John Higgins, currently Arderne Chair of Literature at UCT, recently shared a platform with the Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, Torbjorn Roe Isaksen, to debate the progress and implications of reform in the Norwegian higher education system.
This follows Norwegian interest in his newly published book Academic Freedom in a Democratic South Africa (Bucknell University Press in the USA).
Sharing the platform with Higgins (top left in image) and the minister on 3 September were psychology professor Fanny Duckert and history professor Knut Kjelstadli, both from the University of Oslo.
Higgins is currently editing a collection of new comparative essays on the place of higher education in the South African and Norwegian systems, while his article 'The Constitutional Imperative for Academic Freedom' was recently published in the influential annual global survey, Europa World of Learning.
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