Purpose of Postgraduate Education EPE

Purpose of Postgraduate Education

This series of videos emerges from the Enabling Quality Postgraduate Education project, which brings together Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Directors of Research, Directors of Postgraduate Studies, and Deans to reflect with postgraduate scholars on quality in postgraduate education. You can learn more about this project, funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training in South Africa and led by Professors Sioux McKenna and Stephanie Burton by visiting the project website.

In this video, the focus is on how the purpose of postgraduate education. There are a number of private and public goods associated with postgraduate study: the individual becomes more knowledgeable and more employable, they are able to contribute their knowledge to society, the knowledge created can benefit people and the planet. But these purposes of postgraduate education are often in tension with the commodification of knowledge and the enormous pressures on candidates to complete in regulation time.

This video was produced by Sinethemba Oz Konzaphi. Thanks to all who provided their inputs into this video.

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This might be a useful video to include in a supervision development course, along with the ‘Briefly Speaking’ above.