Regional Updates 

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





IASAS New Regional Team for Africa

IASAS’s Regional Team for Africa has a new management:

New Chairperson for the Africa Region: Dr Matome Mashiapata, who currently holds the position of Director of Counselling and Career Development at the University of South Africa. With 18 years of experience in higher education, he has also worked at different levels in the field of education, as a lecturer at a teacher training college, a high school teacher, an educational specialist and advisor in the school psychological services, before joining student counselling in higher education. Dr Mashiapata has been involved in professional organisations, as the past vice president of the Southern African Association for Learning and Educational Difficulties (SAALED) and the past president of the Southern African Association for Counselling and Development in Higher Education (SAACDHE).

Other members of the team include:

Dr Birgit Schreiber, Stellenbosch University in South Africa

Dr Mark Rachuonyo Ogendi, Mount Kenya University in Kenia

Akwasi Sarfo Agyemang, Kumasi Technical University in Ghana.

Thulo Pakiso, Matheo TVET College, South Africa

JC Landman, from Stellenbosch University in South Africa



IASAS Student Leader Global Summit will be held 24-26 June 2019 at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. More information will be available soon on the IASAS Website.

8th Green Campuses Conference 2019 – June/July 2019 – Cape Town, South Africa



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

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