The Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) is a professional association for educators and other significant role-players in the tertiary sector.
Its membership is drawn mainly from staff in higher education institutions, but it seeks to work collaboratively with policy-makers, statutory bodies and other professional associations with an interest in higher education.
At the institutional level, within and across institutions, HELTASA seeks to promote networking between staff in central units responsible for enhancing educational quality and faculty-based academic staff with a scholarly interest in teaching and learning. It seeks to extend this networking through linking up with and promoting the establishment of professionals networks.
HELTASA’s main forum is an annual conference, but it also has special interest groups (link) that provide further opportunities for constructive engagement and collaboration.
Mission and Vision
HELTASA’s mission and vision are to promote quality in higher education practice through the creation of a synergistic network and the professionalisation of higher education practitioners in Southern Africa in three main areas of focus: policy matters in higher education; developmental practices and educational research
Its key objectives and activities are focused on:
- Creating, supporting and sustaining special interest groups on institutional, staff, student, curriculum and technological development;
- Interacting with the Department of Education, Council on Higher Education and other relevant bodies on HE matters;
- Promoting peer review as a means of enabling quality in HE practices;
- Organising and running an annual conference to promote the scholarship of teaching in HE.
The core values of HELTASA are: Collegiality; professionalism; quality; equity; excellence; development; creativity; criticality; innovation.
To read more about HELTASA, please download our full constitution as a PDF here.