International Conference


About the conference

What is the conference theme?

The Dynamics of Changing Higher Education in the Global South

For more information on the theme, click here.

Who are the keynote speakers and panellists?

The conference will host various prominent scholars including:

  • Prof Mandla Makhanya, Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor
  • Prof Adam Habib, Wits University Principal and Vice-Chancellor
  • Prof Achille Mbembe, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research
  • Prof Sabelo J Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Professor, founding Head of Archie Mafeje Research Institute for Applied Social Policy and Director for Scholarship at the Change Management Unit at Unisa

For more information on the speakers above, click here.

From left, Prof Adam Habib, Prof Achille Mbembe and Prof Mandla Makhanya

When is the conference taking place?

The conference will take place from Wednesday 16 August 2017 to Thursday 17 August 2017.

Where is the conference being held?

The conference will take place at the University of South Africa (Unisa), Muckleneuk Campus   in Pretoria, South Africa.

Travel and accommodation

Which airport is closest to the conference venue?

Lanseria International Airport is approximately 40 minutes from the Unisa Muckleneuk Campus.

Click here for directions to Unisa from Lanseria International Airport.

OR Tambo International Airport is approximately 35 minutes from the Unisa Muckleneuk Campus.

Click here for directions to Unisa from OR Tambo International Airport.

Are there hotels near the conference venue?

Yes, the following hotels are in close proximity to Unisa’s Muckleneuk Campus:

The Sierra Burgers Park Hotel

The Sierra Burgers Park Hotel overlooks the attractive, historic Burgers park and Melrose House. There are many historical places and attractions in and around Pretoria, some of which are within walking distance.

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The Manhattan Hotel

The Manhattan Hotel is an upmarket, 3-star hotel conveniently situated just outside the Pretoria CBD. It is the first and only three star hotel in Pretoria with a spa.

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llyria House

The serene beauty of Illyria House has always been an irresistible attraction to all lovers of fine things. Against the backdrop of classical music, fine antiques and 17th century tapestries an enchanting and unique colonial lifestyle experience, complete with white-gloved butlers and a resident duck family, unfolds.

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The Park Lodge

Exquisitely decorated in a modern and retro design, with impeccable service, The Park Lodge Hotel and apartments is the last word in luxury accommodation in Pretoria. The Park Lodge is conveniently located two minutes away from the Gautrain Pretoria Station.

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Left: Manhattan Hotel, Right: Illyria House

What public transport can I use to find my way to Unisa?

The Gautrain is a state-of-the-art rapid rail network in Gauteng. The rail connection comprises of two links, namely a link between Pretoria and Johannesburg.

The closest Gautrain station, the Pretoria Station, is located 5 minutes away from the Unisa Muckleneuk Campus.

Click here for more information on how to use the Gautrain.

Click here for details on Gautrain fares.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the conference or Unisa?

For more information, contact:

Dr Busani Mpofu, Archie Mafeje Research Institute (AMRI):

Prof Vuyisile Msila, Change Management Unit (CMU):











Last modified: 2017/08/14