Why South Africa's PhD candidates have almost doubled in the past decade

South African officials appear to be taking steps to ensure that the quality of doctoral education and degrees in the country meet international standards.

The number of doctoral candidates has more than doubled in the past 10 years.

Professor Sioux McKenna, an expert on postgraduate studies, says the rapid growth in doctoral candidates can be attributed to the changing nature of the PhD.

The professor explains that a doctorate is no longer a purely academic feat, but it's evolved into a useful tool to drive attention towards industrial, commercial, social and environmental issues.

In 2010 we had close to 1,500 doctoral candidates and now we are sitting at around 3,000.

Professor Sioux McKenna, Director - Centre for Postgraduate Studies at Rhodes University

We've had incredibly rapid growth in the number of doctorates and even around the world. In South Africa, the graph is particularly steep.

Professor Sioux McKenna, Director - Centre for Postgraduate Studies at Rhodes University

I think the nature of the doctorate has changed.

Professor Sioux McKenna, Director - Centre for Postgraduate Studies at Rhodes University

Listen to the discussion on Afternoon Drive with Joanne Joseph:

Image: Pexels.


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Five men nabbed for child pornography in Gauteng appear in court

Five men nabbed for child pornography in Gauteng appear in court

Joanne Joseph spoke to colonel Brenda Muridili to find out more about the operation.

[LISTEN] 'Discovery judgment is operating in terms of the law'

[LISTEN] 'Discovery judgment is operating in terms of the law'

Prof Alex van den Heever explains a recent ruling in the case of a glaucoma patient who took on Discovery.

FW de Klerk withdraws and apologies for offensive apartheid remarks

FW de Klerk withdraws and apologies for offensive apartheid remarks

Former UN high commissioner for human rights Judge Navi Pillay says the ICC has jurisdiction from when SA signed Rome Statute.

OR Tambo introduces new bag collection service in Johannesburg

OR Tambo introduces new bag collection service in Johannesburg

Joanne Joseph spoke to BagPortr founder Juan van Rensburg to find out more and whether this will work.

SAB launches Zenzele Kabili scheme

SAB launches Zenzele Kabili scheme

The old scheme Zenzele BB-BEE scheme is winding down in April and it has generated almost R14 billion in value for South African.

UKZN staff suspend picket as university calls for talks

UKZN staff suspend picket as university calls for talks

EWN reporter Nkosikhona Duma says the SRC has reached a deadlock with the university management over historical debt.

Popular articles
 'Trade relations between SA and Germany are very beneficial for both sides'

'Trade relations between SA and Germany are very beneficial for both sides'

Nickolaus Bauer spoke to German Ambassador to Southern Africa Martin Schaefer about Germany-South Africa relations.

'Some white people refuse to acknowledge the true horrors of apartheid'

'Some white people refuse to acknowledge the true horrors of apartheid'

Nickolaus Bauer on the Eusebius McKaiser Show chats to journalist Max du Preez about FW de Klerk's statements on apartheid.

Who are better drivers between women and men?

Who are better drivers between women and men?

Callers on the Eusebius McKaiser Show open line debate who fares better behind the wheel.

[VIDEO] Risky Tik Tok skull-breaker game is causing ruckus on social media

[VIDEO] Risky Tik Tok skull-breaker game is causing ruckus on social media

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

[WATCH] SA teacher in Korea showing pupils how to gumboot dance goes viral

[WATCH] SA teacher in Korea showing pupils how to gumboot dance goes viral

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

[WATCH] 'You are having another baby, when did you guys have sex?'

[WATCH] 'You are having another baby, when did you guys have sex?'

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

 Sassa is a good contract for Post Office - Acting CEO

Sassa is a good contract for Post Office - Acting CEO

Ivumile Nongogo refutes reports that social grant distribution by the SOE is a burden to the company.

'Problems at Eskom boil down to loss of technical and engineering skills'

'Problems at Eskom boil down to loss of technical and engineering skills'

Primaresearch director Shamil Ismail reflects on what is going on at the power utility and why load shedding is here to stay.

Jack Parow talks money, honey

Jack Parow talks money, honey

Jack Parow tells The Money Show how he runs his finances cooler than you.

'Life is short, have an affair' - this company makes millions out of skelmpies

'Life is short, have an affair' - this company makes millions out of skelmpies

Ashley Madison has 60 million members globally and has turned infidelity - cheating on a partner - into big business.