Obtaining a foreign PhD is seen as attractive but data suggests local alternatives shouldn’t be dismissed.
There's strong evidence that, all things being equal, leading South African universities provide “world class” training at PhD level.
Writing groups provide a space where the "rules of the game" of academia become clear.
Biomedical innovations can work with traditional methods like x-rays to guide doctors’ decisions.
African countries need to start producing and developing their own medical devices. Suitably skilled biomedical engineers are needed for this sort of innovation to take root.
South Africa boasts world class universities. It must not allow their quality to drop.
South Africa must act to halt the decline and save its universities' well deserved global reputation of excellence.
We should encourage older women to see academic study as a fruitful, challenging way forward, regardless of age.
Female baby boomers who missed out earlier in life are now jumping at the opportunity to further their education.
Assessment should be a part of teaching and learning at universities. It's important because it will subvert exclusion and allow all students to take responsibility for their work.
Nyeleti Nokwazi Nkwinika acknowledges the applause after graduating with her Masters degree.
This Masters degree sets a precedent in South Africa and gives universities that want to be truly inclusive a lot to think about.
Collaboration is key.
African academics living in the diaspora have access to resources that can really help their peers working on the continent.
The costs of student protests are far higher than imagined.
There is a very real risk that South Africa's major research projects will stumble and the whole research machine will be shut down by ongoing student protests.
The sky is the limit for African science when universities work together.
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Collaboration is one of the keys to making African science soar: when the continent's universities work together, they can produce amazing results.
PhD graduates should aim for careers in industry.
Australia produces thousands of PhD graduates every year but many will find it hard to secure a university career. So we should do more to help them consider a career outside of academia.
Embarking on the path to a PhD is a scary business.
Many people are left floundering when they try to get working on their PhDs. In Africa, this is often because the skills they need haven't been developed earlier in their academic careers.
Does it need to be so hard to be a mom and a professor?
The limits of fertility and an elongated academic career path are currently at odds. If the choice to bear children contributes to the 'leaky pipeline' of women in STEM, what can be done?
Pronouncements even from Nobel laureates should not be accepted as if from on high.
Shouting past each other via different kinds of media isn't going to help researchers -- from éminences grises to new postdocs -- effectively work together on issues in the field of science.
‘Beginning and Ending’, a sculpture by David Hlongwane, stands at the entrance to the University of the Western Cape.
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More and more African universities are realigning themselves to tackle their countries' societal and economic problems.
A love of science and a lifetime of work don’t guarantee a successful job hunt.
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A lifetime of study and preparation are no guarantee of success for PhDs when they hit the job market. Things can and should be improved.
A protest by postgraduate students near the Iraqi cultural attache in London on March 2.
Reduction in funding for overseas students sparks protest from Iraq postgraduates.
Who’s missing from the STEM picture?
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Even when women and minorities earn STEM degrees, they don't take the next step into gainful employment at the same rates as white men.
All dressed up with nowhere to go?
The STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics supposedly suffer from a shortage of graduates. Conventional wisdom says there’s no one for employers to hire for science and engineering…
Not everyone’s so lucky.
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As a young humanities scholar at the beginning of my PhD, my experience with the Irish postgraduate research funding system has left me disillusioned. So much so that I have joined the list of emigrants…