The politicisation of academia definitely contributes to a decline in academic standards. This is a situation South Africa must work hard to avoid. It can learn from others on the continent.
Kenya has moved to phase out part-time lecturers in a bid to improve the quality of university education.
Global economic realities shouldn't deter African universities from continuing to push for massification. But they must do so armed with knowledge, lessons from elsewhere and strong funding models.
Knowledge is power. If you own it, you can control those without it. Since so much knowledge about Africa doesn't sit on the continent, it's apparent that Africa lacks power in this regard.
Decolonising the curriculum is far more nuanced than replacing theorists and authors. Universities first need to define how they approach the development and dissemination of curricula.
MOOCs are an opportunity for African universities to bring the continent's thinkers and theories to the world. They also have great benefits for full-time students to experience a flipped classroom.
Much of academic philosophy, even on the African continent, is openly and unashamedly in love with the idea of the West as destiny.
Adopting an African philosophy of education can be a powerful tool to help the continent's universities create real social change and justice.
It is arrogant and hypocritical for ranking institutions to declare that they're building Africa's legacy or its global partnerships on the continent's behalf.
Africa's universities must avoid collaborative programmes with the North that become mere tick-box exercises that only benefit Northern researchers and organisations.
There is a risk that because of fatigue, frustration and silencing the important moment created by South Africa's student movements will pass by with no proper, long-term structural change.
Curriculum transformation has to happen. But it has to go further than simply borrowing ideas and concepts.
Calls for the decolonisation of countries, institutions, the mind and of knowledge are not new. In South Africa, these changes are crucial and long overdue. But they must be carefully thought through.
Africa's universities supposedly became more independent after the early 1990s. But it appears they haven't achieved much more than cosmetic autonomy from political interference.
Financial institutions in Africa are worried that universities aren't producing graduates with relevant skills for the industry.
Quality assurance programmes tend to ignore context - which means important elements of teaching and learning are overlooked and universities miss out on a real chance to improve their practices.
Kenya's authorities are trying to deal with declining standards at the country's public and private universities. This will require a strengthened regulatory framework and hard work from institutions.
If higher education is made "free" for all, the whole society ends up paying more. That's deeply unjust in already unequal societies, such as those in Africa.
When talking about the role that higher education can play in developing Africa, it's important not to forget the continuing and crucial role of the continent's flagship universities.
The way in which one group of South African student protesters has acted and engaged with university managers shows how valuable a feminist approach to protest can be.