Academic Freedom

The PhD quality debate has racist tones

More students are enrolling in doctoral studies, but gatekeepers are questioning their worthiness

Sithembile Mbete

Academic, University of Pretoria

How games can hook pupils with short attention spans

With modern day attention spans less than eight seconds, educators are turning to games as new way of engaging with learners.

Morocco damages itself by stifling criticism

The country often turns to the courts when it doesn’t like what critics say, and this has a chilling effect on varsity research and the public media.

If everyone wins, no one is a winner

Business consultants, politicians and the media damage universities with their insular arrogance.

What is the price of education?

The humanities and arts are sacrificed in the business of ensuring solvent universities.

Sorry tale of a post-merger university mess

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s latter-day fortunes tell an indicting and page-turning story.

Enlightened leadership needed to secure academic freedom

A new book analyses threats our universities face and proposes ways of resisting them.

‘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.

Universities and state control: Cloudy days for academic freedom

The Constitution’s framing lets the state take strong hold of universities.

Nzimande: we will not uphold the status quo

It is mainly liberal and elite groups that oppose state intervention in universities.

Latest

Stranded commuters say Ramaphosa’s rail promises ring hollow

Cape Town’s largest passenger rail line has been closed for months, hitting people’s pockets and adding to road traffic congestion

Focus on FW de Klerk distracted attention from the troubling state of the nation

Some political analysts say President Cyril Ramaphosa is taking too long to mend the country, others says it is the ANC itself that must be fixed

Eastern Cape MEC orders graft investigation after two workers killed at troubled district municipality

The killing of two council workers at the Amathole district municipality appears to be linked to tender fraud and corruption

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it