Nithaya Chetty

In a bid to placate politics on race UCT fails to protect academic freedom

The University of Cape Town’s Academic Freedom Committee has let intellectual freedom down regarding Professor Nicoli Nattrass’s commentary in the South African Journal of Science

Build bond between science and society

New ideas and technologies can provide solutions but in unethical hands they can be dangerous

‘Abuse of power’ shackles academia

The Desai case showed how ‘corporate authoritarianism undermined collegiality’.

UKZN’s crucible of poor decisions

Ten years after the university’s merger, two researchers argue that internal and external politics have caused massive damage.

Making science work for Africa

<b>Nithaya Chetty</b> describes the excitement of developing computational material science in Africa.

Recounting the myths of creation

An independent account of the University of KwaZulu-Natal's merger has yet to be written.

An opportunity that will not come again

All South Africans who care about our future are committed to the broad principles of transformation in the higher education system.

In favour of free minds

Green movements are important for society, but they often lack a rational scientific approach and this causes more harm than good.

Radical ideas needed for radical results

South Africa is embarking on a programme to increase its PhD output. This strategy is an important effort to boost the entire educational system.

The taming of the intellectuals

South Africa is not producing a sufficient number of free and critical thinkers, and this raises questions such as “Why is this the case?” and “Why is our higher education system failing in this respect?” -- and, perhaps less obviously, “Does South African society need free and independent thinkers?”

The canary in the coal mine

Until recently in South African higher education, academic freedom was not a sexy issue. Those arguing in its defence were often perceived to have been using the issue to preserve the status quo in higher education and resist transformation. However, this matter is now perhaps the most interesting and hotly contested one in academic and public debates on higher education.

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