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Why choose HERS-SA?

HERS-SA is a registered non-profit organisation which has a long track record of supporting the career advancement of women in higher education since 2000. The first HERS-SA program was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2000. Over the next four years, 73 women travelled from South Africa to attend a HERS Summer Institute in the USA at Wellesley College and to gain exposure to administrative practice at several U.S. colleges and universities. HERS-SA participants were mentored by women leaders at the host institutions in the USA, where programmes focused on strategic planning, change leadership, human resource development and institutional effectiveness.

In 2002, HERS-SA shifted its emphasis to offer an ACADEMY for women leaders in Cape Town, South Africa. Today, HERS-SA is a recognised brand whose programmes continue to receive the support of the majority of higher education institutions located in South Africa and internationally, as women from these institutions are regularly nominated to attend a HERS-SA ACADEMY.

Our programmes also continue to receive the generous participation of guest speakers and facilitators, many of whom occupy senior leadership positions and who serve as powerful role-models to our delegates.

Women who attend our programmes are also provided with a support system as they have opportunities to network with other women working in the sector and are also invited to participate in HERS-SA commissioned research projects.

HERS-SA has compiled an alumnae database which is regularly updated and through which we maintain regular contact with our alumnae.

Women who have participated in our ACADEMIES have gone on to occupy senior leadership positions in higher education. Hence, HERS-SA is proud to have as part of its alumnae the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, two Vice-Chancellors, Deans, Head of Departments and other women in support services leadership positions.