The government’s options for higher education reform come with significant trade offs.
The onus is now on students, universities and the wider public to make clear where they stand on the options laid out in the discussion paper.
Uncapping fees for some degree courses is still an option.
While the government finally ruled out full fee deregulation in its 2016 budget, it is still contemplating uncapping fees for some degree courses. Here's what else is being discussed.
What should government and students contribute towards university degrees?
Increasing the amount that students pay towards their degree is likely to be on the cards of higher education in this year's election.
Everlastings in the Australian Alps. But will they be?
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We're set to hear very little about nature conservation in Australia's upcoming election campaign. Here's why that's a huge oversight.
It’s important that universities open their budgetary processes up to input and scrutiny.
Kenya's university budgets are a closed book – and this lack of transparency is bad for institutions and the country as a whole.
Is it fair to say universities are letting employers down?
Young people are pressured into university and many end up in unsuitable courses. We need to recognise these realities and be clear about the purpose of higher education so it doesn't lose its value.
Dr Blade Nzimande, South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education and Training, oversees a sector fraught with funding worries.
Higher education has done as well as could have been expected from the 2016 Budget, given South Africa's current economic circumstances.
Unfortunately ‘free’ public higher education is never actually free.
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.
Students have been steadfast in their demands of universities and the South African government. But what might the unintended consequences be?
Social change has its own dynamic. This makes it an unpredictable, uncontrollable and unknowable force – one with often unintended consequences.
A South African university student references the Oscar Pistorius trial during a fee protest.
It shouldn't be up to universities or the government alone to fund students who qualify for tertiary education but can't afford it. A perpetual bond system could be the answer.
What are the alternative options for higher education to flourish in Australia?
A crisis of sustainability is building up as universities continue to drift towards a more privatised system. It's time we started looking at alternative options.
Is university all about being job-ready?
Universities are cutting and streamlining their courses in an attempt to make graduates more employable. But lots of graduates are still struggling to find work, so why isn’t it working?
Research, rather than teaching, benefits from the revenue gained from increasing student numbers.
The decline in government investment in higher education and the ever-increasing reliance on fees has made universities more like private for-profit corporations.
Anything wrong with unis spending tuition-fee money on research?
A lack of government guidance on how student tuition fees should be used by universities is resulting in money for teaching being spent on research instead.
Protesting students make their way through South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria.
Don't let the name fool you: the #feesmustfall protests at South Africa's universities are about far more than a single issue. A student who has been deeply involved in the protests explains.
The fight for lower or no university fees should be taken beyond campuses to places where South Africa’s financial elite rule.
The next step in South African students' fight against high university fees could be taken beyond campuses. The final battle will be fought at the country's National Treasury and Reserve Bank.
A student at Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand sums up the motive for ongoing campus protests.
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South Africa's higher education sector is dramatically underfunded. Polite conversations between vice-chancellors and the government have failed. It's time the voices of student activists was heard.
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The higher education sector needs to think what it can offer to the average taxpayer.
Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane, seen here with the Anglo Australian Telescope at Sidings Springs, is known to have a deep interest in science. So what should expect now the word science is added to his ministerial title?
“What’s in a name?” was essentially the Australian government’s response when concerns were first expressed about dropping “Science” from the ministerial portfolio titles back in 2013. That same response…
Regional universities need to be able to compete on more than just price.
At one level, it is heartening that there is so much attention placed on regional universities in all the heat of debate surrounding the deregulation of higher education. We have ministerial assurances…