Regional Updates 

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


April 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.


Please take note of the Call for Papers for the Special Issue of the JSAA, “The Impact of COVID-19 on Student Affairs in Africa”.

The Journal of Student Affairs in Africa (JSAA) is an open access, peer reviewed, scholarly and professional journal.  The JSAA is inviting contributions for its special issue dealing with the impact of the corona virus pandemic on student affairs in Africa. Publishing in the JSAA is free of charge.  The JSAA is an accredited journal of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in South Africa.

Although this issue will have a specific focus on an African context, we also would like to include a few international perspectives.  

Kindly contact WP Wahl at for more information.


Southern African Association for Counselling and Development in Higher Education (SAACDHE) to be held in Bloemfontein, Free State on 13-17 September 2020. For more information contact Matome Mashiapata at

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 International Co-curriculum Conference coming up in November 2020. 


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.


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.