Curriculum Studies
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Centre for Higher and Adult Education


The Centre for Higher and Adult Education (CHAE) was established in 1997 under the leadership of the late Prof Chris Kapp as part of the Department of Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University. Whilst the CHAE has remained true to its initial focus on teaching and learning in higher and adult education settings, our work has evolved to include a strong focus on postgraduate supervision, doctoral education, and student success in higher education. 


As such, we focus on postgraduate studies in the fields of higher and adult education by means of three focused postgraduate programmes: the MPhil in Higher Education, the MPhil in Education and Training for Lifelong Learning, and the PhD programme. More information on these programmes are available in the Stellenbosch University Calendar, available at


We also host a biennial conference on Research in Postgraduate Supervision, where a network of scholars from across the globe gathers to discuss cutting edge research in this field. Our short courses aim at building capacity within the broader areas of postgraduate supervision and scholarly practice. Please see the CHAE webpage for more information on these events, available at


Both Higher and Adult Education Studies are small but critically important fields of study nationally and internationally, but there are few similar centres nationally and thus we make a prominent contribution to building this field of study in South Africa. Our research focuses on key areas of higher and adult education, including:

  • Postgraduate supervision

  • Doctoral education

  • Student success

  • Creativity

  • Workplace learning

  • Dialogue

  • Community-based adult learning

  • Disability and adult learning

  • Leadership, management and governance

  • Vocational education

  • Curriculum development


Please contact us:

Prof Liezel Frick (Director: CHAE, Co-ordinator: MPhil HE and PhD)



Prof Peter Rule (Co-ordinator: MPhil LLL)



Ms Rhoda van Rensburg (Administrative assistant)

T +27 21 808 2277