Learning for a Better Future: Perspectives on Higher Education, Cities, Business & Civil Society

Volume editor
Marius Venter
Volume editor
Suzanne Hattingh


Various international scholars and associates of the PASCAL (Place, Social Capital and Learning Regions) International Observatory (Africa hub), under the auspices of the Centre for Local Economic Development (CENLED) based at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), have contributed chapters in this scholarly book. The book aims to demonstrate how a combination of globalisation, pandemics and the impact of innovation and technologies are driving towards a world in which traditional ideas are being challenged. The book carries forward a dual context and relevance: to South African social, educational, economic and cultural development, and the broader international context and action directed at how lifelong learning for all can be fostered in communities as a foundation for a just, human-centred, sustainable world. The distinctive contribution of this book to the production of a local body of knowledge lies in the symbiotic relationships between these objectives, so that South Africa could serve as a test case in working towards approaches that have a wider international significance.


  • Part 1
  • Chapter 1
    Progressing towards a good, human-centred, sustainable society
    Peter Kearns
  • Chapter 2
    Sustainable, healthy, learning cities and neighbourhoods
    Sohail Ahmad, Gideon Baffoe, Ramjee Bhandari, Graeme Young, Michael Osborne
  • Part 2
  • Chapter 3
    The role of Local Economic Development Agencies and Non-Profit Organisations in Local Economic Development: South African Case Studies
    Simon Taylor, Sinethemba Mthimkhulu, Sinakhokonke Mpanza
  • Chapter 4
    Global Institutional Behaviour in the Market for ‘Fine Art’: Exploring Art and Innovation at the Core of Globalization
    Peter Baur
  • Part 3
  • Chapter 5
    Pivoting higher education and training towards agility and flexibility in critical times
    Shirley Lloyd
  • Chapter 6
    Shifting economies and the need for new skills
    Elana Swanepoel
  • Chapter 7
    Learning for a better future: Perspectives on higher education, cities, business and civil society
    Piet Croucamp
  • Chapter 8
    Rethinking the post-school education and training system to prepare the workforce for the Fourth Industrial Revolution world of work
    Suzanne Hattingh
  • Chapter 9
    Digital credentials: Discussions on fluency, data privacy and the recognition of learning in higher education beyond COVID-19
    Barbara Dale-Jones, James Keevy
  • Chapter 10
    Rationale for the Internationalisation of Higher Education
    Lizl Steynberg, Jan P. Grundling, Bing Liu, Yuan Li
  • Chapter 11
    Promoting age-friendly universities that engage new groups of older adults
    Rob Mark


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