Journal of Intercultural Communication, issue 3, 2000

Brian Norris

Managing cultural diversity within higher education: a South African perspective

Abstract

The first democratic elections in the history of South Africa have taken place, the Government of National Unity has been installed, and as the country at last starts moving towards establishing a non-racial society based on a constitution that embodies equal rights for every person, the need to establish an equitable and effective higher education system becomes a top priority.

Redressing historical imbalances relating to staff appointments and student access is an imperative for South African higher education institutions.

One of the strategies that must be applied to accelerate that change process is affirmative action, yet affirmative action on its own is not the whole answer. It is essential that the diversity created by affirmative action be effectively managed, by using a strategic management approach.


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