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.
A student tries to stem her bleeding during clashes at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Protest movements become radicalised by two factors: escalating policing and competitive escalation between political adversaries and other protesting groups.
“Free” education is not fair or sustainable.
Higher education is a resource intensive enterprise. It cannot effectively function without a massive injection of resources in a sustained and escalated manner.
Ongoing student protests are unlikely to have been a direct cause of universities’ slide down global rankings tables.
It's unlikely that student protests are directly affecting South African universities' rankings. Instead, decades of government underfunding in higher education may be at least partly to blame.
People risk being physically harmed during violent protests. But there is also an emotional element at play.
University students are fed up that their calls for free education are being ignored.
South Africa's higher education minister has dealt with fee increments for 2017 but sidestepped students' fundamental issue: an ongoing call to make higher education free for all.
Protesting students have had enough and their anger is burning hot.
South Africa's universities have been told to set their own fee increases for 2017. That's good news for institutions, but it hasn't been well-received by many students.
Unemployed graduates are among those demanding political change in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe's students and graduates are angry. They have every reason to be. The country's finances are badly managed and its economy is in crisis.
Podcasts are emerging as an arguably easy-to-access, affordable mode of creating new spaces for discussion and debate.
The podcast has emerged as a promising medium for facilitating ongoing debate about issues that need more time than mainstream, profit-oriented media or the changing tides of hashtags might allow.
The decolonisation of South Africa’s university curriculum seems to have fallen off the agenda, overtaken by the push for free higher education.
The decolonisation debate in South Africa's universities raises critical issues about the relationship between power, knowledge and learning.
Students have been emboldened and won’t give up their demand for free education.
South African students’ demands for free university education are not going away. Nor are the country's economic realities.
South Africans’ right to vote was hard fought and hard won.
South Africa's university students have shown that they can have an impact on the political landscape. That's why it's so important that they exercise their right to vote.
A traditional rainmaker in Kenya. How can indigenous knowledge become part of university curricula?
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Decolonisation of the curriculum doesn't have to mean the destruction of Western knowledge, but it's decentring. Such knowledge should become one way of knowing rather than the only way.
There is a growing authoritarian impulse in South Africa, including among some student activists.
Sections of South Africa's student movements regard transformation as a complete failure. Responding to this perceived failure, some have adopted an anti-democratic stance.
Khartoum at sunset. The city’s architectural heritage is under threat.
Students at the University of Khartoum are protesting about a secretive plan to move the institution from its historic buildings.
A deep-seated and sustained anger against sexual violence is emerging in South Africa.
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Anti-rape protests at a South African university have far bigger implications for the country's ongoing fight against rape culture and patriarchal gender norms.
Racial tensions are becoming increasingly common among South African university students.
University students in South Africa tend to fall into a "single story" trap, ignoring other individuals’ experiences to construct an understanding of the country's political realities.
May 1968 students’ protest in Berlin.
Probably no other country has struggled as hard to come to terms with its past as Germany. Here's what students contributed to that struggle.
Every student has their own story and their own concerns. Lecturers need to listen.
Coming to understand students' individual stories allows lecturers to guide, mentor and support them.
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.