Ahmed BAWA - Tokyo College
Tokyo College Professor

Ahmed BAWA

Other Affiliations Johannesburg Business School, University of Johannesburg Research Interests Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics, Higher Education Studies, Science and Society Period of Stay 16 September 2022 - 15 March 2023
01 Description of Research

Ahmed Bawa is Professor of Higher Education at the Johannesburg Business School, having just vacated the position of Chief Executive Officer at Universities South Africa. Retaining a continuing interest in Theoretical Physics, his primary research interests now are focused on understanding the evolution of universities as knowledge-intensive social institutions with view to the various transformations occurring in the world of knowledge. This is linked to his interest in the broad, complex relationship between science and society. In South Africa, he works on the ongoing challenge related to the decolonization of the knowledge system which in turn speaks to the local footprint of universities in their context and the implications of this on their knowledge agenda and projects.

02 Major Publications

Science, Power and Policy Intersecting at the HIV/AIDS Pandemic

                   AC Bawa

                   Social Research, Volume 72, No. 3. New School University, Fall 2005. (ISSN 0037-783X)


Reimagining the Social Purpose of Universities through Engagement

                   Ahmed C Bawa

In Higher Education for Diversity, Social Inclusion and Community: A democratic imperative, edited by Sjur Bergan and Ira Harkavy. Council of Europe Higher Education Series No. 22, 2018.


South Africa’s Higher Education System in Crisis … in a State in Crisis.

Ahmed C. Bawa

Social Research: An International Quarterly, vol. 86 no. 1, 2019, pp. 253-277. Project MUSE, muse.jhu.edu/article/725996.


Consilience between the Sciences and the Humanities: Small Steps towards a Humanistic Education

                   Ahmed C Bawa

Humanities and Higher Education: Synergies between Science, Technology and Humanities, edited by David Bueno, Josep Casanovas, Marina Garcés and Josep M Vilalta. GUNi 2019: Higher Education in the World 7. Barcelona 2019. ISBN 978-84-09-14675-8.


Turn Inwards to Connect Outwards: South Africa’s Universities in Historical Perspective

                   Ahmed C Bawa

From Ivory Towers to Ebony Towers: Transforming Humanities Curricula in South Africa, Africa and African-American Studies, edited by Oluwaseun Tella and Shireen Motala.  


Reimagining South Africa’s Universities as Social Institutions

Ahmed Bawa

The Responsive University and the Crisis in South Africa, 179-215. Edited Chris Brink.