Doctoral education is of prime importance worldwide. In many countries, there is severe shortage of doctoral degree holders, while in others there is an oversupply in many fields. There is a global debate on the best ways of providing doctoral training. To illustrate global trends, the book analyses the current realities of doctoral education with the help of case studies based on fourteen countries and one continent.  It includes an overview of the state of the literature on doctoral education as well as an analysis of doctoral education from a historical perspective with a detailed comparative discussion. Trends and Issues in Doctoral Education: A Global Perspective also examines the challenges and ideas of current and proposed reforms in doctoral education.

Imperatives and Realities of Doctoral Education in South Africa
Imperatives and realities of doctoral education in south africa
Damtew Teferra

This chapter discusses the history, profile and trends of doctoral education in South Africa. It starts with a presentation of the higher education system in general, including enrolment, qualification types and graduation figures, with a focus on doctoral education. This is followed by an analysis of trends in South African doctoral education since its inception, in terms of enrolment, completion rates and funding dynamics, among others. The chapter concludes by highlighting key points expected to contribute to the development of doctoral education in the country.

South African higher education institutions (HEIs) are the envy, and pride, of Africa. They are well endowed, more ...

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