ASSADPAM Research conference
On the 28 September, the University of Fort Hare in collaboration with the Association of Southern African Schools and Departments of Public Administration and Management hosted a conference at the International Convention Centre in East London. Addressing the participants the Vice Chancellor of Fort Hare, Professor Buhlungu said, Higher Education has been in turmoil since 2015, also referring to the current protests at the university.
The university is not the only one in turmoil but there are constant protests in the Eastern Cape as a result of lack of service delivery and it has become a common phenomenon and therefore academics and practitioners need to ask themselves the kind of contribution they can make to better the situation. The VC applauded the department of Public Administration for having been one of the leading departments in producing a number of PhD’s.
The university has capped more than 100 PhD’s in the year 2017.
Themed, “Cultures, philosophies, and reform in Public Administration for globalization world: a reflection on local, region and international perspective” , the conference attracted Local and International Academics and Practitioners from different Institutions like the University of Free State, UNISA, Milpark University.
Research papers were presented reviewed by delegates who attended the conference.
Some of the contributions were that academics should educate people about community engagement and public administration and how academics can and staff contribute to pushing for change, moving forward.