Navigating HELTASA’s Governance Landscape

Explore the inner workings of HELTASA’s governance structure, where decisions are made to shape the future of teaching and learning in Southern Africa’s higher education sector. Delve into our constitution, policies, and leadership team, understanding how each component contributes to our mission of fostering excellence in higher education practices.

HELTASA, or the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa, operates under a constitution that outlines its governance structure and mechanisms. Founded on the principles of promoting learning and teaching practices, fostering professional relationships, and enhancing academic endeavors in higher education, HELTASA is committed to inclusivity and diversity in its operations.

1. Advisory Board

The Advisory Board serves as a guiding force for HELTASA, comprising individuals and stakeholders from various positions within the higher education sector at national, regional, continental, and global levels. This board offers strategic advice and direction to fulfill the association’s mandates, goals, and objectives. It convenes biannually or as deemed necessary, with decisions made collectively to advance the association’s mission.

2. Coordinating Council

The Coordinating Council is responsible for both strategic and operational management within HELTASA. This council oversees the day-to-day affairs and ensures alignment with the association’s constitutional objectives. It comprises key office bearers, project teams coordinators, leads, and administrators. The council convenes meetings periodically to deliberate on matters pertinent to HELTASA’s mission and direction.

3. Project Teams

Project teams are instrumental in executing decisions made by the Coordinating Council. Comprised of various roles such as project leads, scholarly practitioners, researchers, and strategists, these teams operationalise the association’s objectives. They actively engage in initiatives to enhance learning and teaching practices, foster collaboration, and organise events aligned with HELTASA’s aims.

4. Membership

HELTASA membership is open to individuals who share a mutual interest in the association’s objectives. Membership is granted upon payment of an annual fee and is subject to adherence to the association’s ethos and values. Members have voting rights and can participate in decision-making processes at the annual general meetings.

5. Annual General Meetings

HELTASA holds annual general meetings to discuss key matters, including the election of office bearers, financial statements, and amendments to the constitution. These meetings serve as a platform for members to voice their opinions, make decisions, and shape the future direction of the association.

6. Financial Management

Financial matters within HELTASA are managed transparently and independently. The association maintains a bank account for funds generated through membership fees, fundraising activities, and external sources. Financial statements are reviewed annually and presented at the general meetings to ensure accountability and proper utilisation of resources.


HELTASA’s governance structure embodies collaboration, transparency, and inclusivity. Through its Advisory Board, Coordinating Council, Project Teams, and membership engagement, the association strives to uphold its mission of promoting excellence in learning, teaching, and scholarship within the Southern African higher education landscape.

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