Message from Director-General

It is my pleasure to once again present to you the annual Department of Higher Education and Training Research Bulletin on Post-School Education and Training (PSET). This year marks the seventh edition of the Research Bulletin, an achievement of which the Department is most proud. The purpose of the annual Research Bulletin is to share examples of the latest research on PSET, which covers universities, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges, Community Education and Training colleges, Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs), and Qualifications and Quality Assurance Bodies. The previous six editions of the Research Bulletin can be found on the Department's website at The response to this year's call for contributions to the Research Bulletin has surpassed our expectations, with more submissions received than ever before. It is evident that the Research Bulletin is of value to the PSET research community, attracting an increasing number of readers and contributors with every edition produced. This illustrates the extent to which research on PSET is gaining momentum, signalling improved perceptions of the value of research in driving change within the sector. This edition of the Research Bulletin showcases leading research that our stakeholders have identified as being critical to the improvement of the sector. In sharing research findings in this format, the Research Bulletin provides an overview of the issues that are currently being explored. The Research Bulletin serves to draw the creators and users of post-school research closer to one another to inform policy and practice. I extend my thanks and appreciation to each and every contributor of this year's Research Bulletin. It is only through your support that we have something of value to share with the research community. And it is through your efforts in the sector, that we are able to gain insights into underlying challenges in the PSET sector, as well as opportunities that can be taken forward, to improve the sector for the current and future citizens of the country. Thank you for making a difference and for being part of the change for a transformed PSET system.

Mr G F Qonde
Director-General: Department of Higher Education and Training

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