The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Centre for Extra Mural Studies will host an In Conversation session with Distinguished Professor Jonathan Jansen and Emeritus Professor Anwar Mall on Wednesday, 3 May 2023.

This in-discussion session will examine the ways in which some South African universities remain in a state of chronic dysfunction. The twin problems of institutional capacity and institutional integrity will be shown to underpin ongoing problems in universities. None of these problems of chronic dysfunction are insoluble. The discussion will identify workable strategies to resolve the crises that flow from institutional dysfunction.

The discussion is based on Professor Jansen’s most recent book, Corrupted: A Study Of Chronic Dysfunction In South African Universities.

Jansen is Distinguished Professor of Education at Stellenbosch University and President of the Academy of Science of South Africa. His research is concerned with the politics of knowledge in schools and universities.

Mall is a medical biochemist and an Emeritus Professor of Surgical Research at UCT. He taught at postgraduate and undergraduate levels in the Faculty of Health Sciences, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Teacher Award in 2000. His extensive student and academic support activities were in the faculty and the residences, where he was a warden for 27 years. He served as Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Transformation and Students Affairs at UCT from 2015 to 2016.