Regional Updates 

IASAS Africa Regional Coordinator:
Dr Matome Mashiapata (South Africa)


Leadership Updates in Region

Matome, Regional Director for the Africa region, shared that student protests around funding in South Africa have subsided. Some students are taking classes on campus. Staff is starting to get back to campuses and the # of infections is dropping.


The Journal of Student Affairs in Africa has two calls for submissions open, due in early 2023. More information can be found here.

The Call for Papers for the 8th Annual SANRC (South African National Resource Centre for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition) First-Year Experience Conference (17-19 May 2023) is available at by clicking here. Abstract information and submission form can be found on their website. 


The Association of African Universities recently published its summary of conference subthemesA Future of Higher Education in Africa.  

Annual Conference for Student Affairs Practitioners to be held in Ghana on 2-5 June

Annual School for African Student Leaders takes place on 9-12 June in Accra, Ghana. 


Stellenbosch University (SU) hosted the 2018 ResLife and Student Leaders’ Convention from 9 to 13 December in association with ACUHO-I SAC.

The 73 delegates attending the convention represented 10 institutions from across the country, including representatives from neighbouring University of Botswana.

The staff and students attended sessions ranging from personal wellness and building resilience talks to workshops dealing with scenarios that young leaders face in our university settings today.  SU will be hosting this convention for the next two years and look forward to building it out to serve and equip the young leaders of tomorrow even more.

Participants at the 2018 ResLife and Student Leaders’ Convention at Stellenbosch University.


The MNET’s Carte Blanche is producing a great new podcast called Carte Blanche: The Podcast. It’s a great way to delve into South African and global issues wherever you are, and it’s free! They are producing fascinating episodes daily during the week. You can listen here, and subscribe here .

Journal of Student Affairs in Africa – Volume 6, Edition 1 published and is accessible online.

Academic Degree in Higher Education Management:

South Africa has registered the first Post Graduate Degree with a focus on Student Affairs and Higher Education Management (PG Dip BMA Higher Education Management).  The Stellenbosch University South Africa, Business School, is offering the BMA HE Management as the first of this kind in Africa. The focus is on capacitating middle and senior Higher Education administrators, policy makers and strategists in terms of perspectives, theories and research in Higher Education. The focus includes core management competencies, internationalisation and mobility, human rights and critical issues of transformation and development.  ( For more information email  and

 – Marianyana Martha Selelo, Student & Welfare Planning, Human Resource Development Council of Botswana
– Vianna Renaud, Placement Development Advisor, Bournemouth University

NOTE: The above is not an exhaustive list of all events or activities within each region, but only includes the information reported by our members.  For additional details of professional organizations around the world visit the IASAS website page Links to Higher Education and Student Services Organizations

IASAS does not necessarily support or endorse the events and resources listed on this page.  It is provided here for informational purposes.