The presentation aims to investigate the equity trajectory of universities and their role as 'engines of reform' in addressing the challenges of poverty and associated human development needs of South Africa, through a focus on professional education. The capability approach is considered and poverty reduction as capability expansion is discussed. The South African higher education system is outlined and three universities focused upon. Three dimensions of being a change agent are listed: Vision; Professional agency; Resilience; and Affiliation.
Seminar Presentation to the UNESCO Centre for Comparative Education Research (UCCER), University of Nottingham (December 2008), 29 pp.