Latest articles on Academic Freedom

Eusebius McKaiser: Let’s slay some academic freedom myths

Bigoted academics and shoddy or racist work are not above criticism — nor should they be

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.

What is the price of education?

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

If everyone wins, no one is a winner

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

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.

Kneejerk liberal opposition tries to limit the powers of the state

Could it be that some university leaders are trying to place universities above society and government?

Real barrier is academic inertia

The CHE's damning report provides ample evidence of the need for urgently reforming the undergraduate curriculum — but are its proposals workable?

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