Lingering effects of the past on a University merger process in post-apartheid South Africa

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This article is based on an exploratory case study of an institution that is currently undergoing merger under the directive of the Minister of Education in South Africa. The findings reported here illuminate perspectives of senior administrators at Settlers University, an historically White university (or historically advantaged university), regarding its merger with the historically Black (or disadvantaged) University of the Homeland. This article articulates perspectives of senior administrators regarding the impact of this merger on their students, staff, administrative structures, academic programs and institutional culture. In particular, the article highlights the intricate dynamics of a government-mandated process between two institutions with divergent legacies. Given the incongruent histories of the two merging institutions, what are the challenges and opportunities that confront merging institutions and how do these senior administrators envision a future of the new merged university?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-171
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Education Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Institutional transformation
  • Mergers
  • Organizational culture
  • South African higher education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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