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ERIC Number: EJ848542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
Nurturing "Human Capital": A Challenge for Higher Education Institutions?
de Lange, N.; Olivier, M. A. J.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v22 n1 p41-63 2008
In this article we argue that higher education institutions ought to be a reflection of society: its vision, values, conscience and ways of doing. It has as its task the production of "human capital" for participation in a global economy and by virtue of its position in society, ought to be able to do justice to that. In this article we draw on a case study of incorporation, as part of reshaping the Higher Education landscape in South Africa, not only to give voice to staff involved in an incorporation process, but also to explore the effect thereof on them. We discuss four themes that emerged from the data and draw some conclusions. Drawing on this example, we argue for prioritising the well-being of "human capital" by ensuring workplace wellness, in order to set an example and to make a real contribution to the well-being of society. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa