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The decolonisation of South Africa’s university curriculum seems to have fallen off the agenda, overtaken by the push for free higher education. Shutterstock

Decolonisation debate is a chance to rethink the role of universities

The decolonisation debate in South Africa's universities raises critical issues about the relationship between power, knowledge and learning.
Students want colonial symbols, such as this statue of Cecil John Rhodes, gone from their universities. EPA/Nic Bothma

Decolonising universities isn’t an easy process – but it has to happen

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 flagship universities have a great deal to offer as the continent continues to grow and develop. Shutterstock

The untold story of how Africa’s flagship universities have advanced

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.
Yes, universities need to produce good scientists - but their graduates should be good citizens, too. Shutterstock

Why the time is right to create a new generation of ‘citizen scholars’

University protests in South Africa have showed that the countries students are hungry for real change. This desire can be harnessed to create a generation of "citizen scholars".
Xenophobia is a huge problem in South Africa. Could better university teaching about Africa make a difference? Reuters

Teaching students about Africa may be one way to stem xenophobia

South African university students are as guilty of xenophobia as anyone else. Three approaches through teaching and research could make a huge difference.
‘Beginning and Ending’, a sculpture by David Hlongwane, stands at the entrance to the University of the Western Cape. University of the Western Cape media office

There’s a new mood of determination in Africa’s universities

More and more African universities are realigning themselves to tackle their countries' societal and economic problems.
Beyond Silicon Valley MOOC Meet-Up, Athens, Greece, June 11, 2014. Yiorgis Yerolympos

MOOCs and meetups together make for better learning

Everyday, thousands of students around the world perch themselves in front of computer screens in homes, libraries, coffee shops, and Internet cafes to take a massive open online course (MOOC). It’s no…
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The box-ticking future of a university education

Among the many changes currently sweeping through US public universities is a move away from traditional seat-time in class. Known as “competency-based education”, it is often done online, asking students…
Should universities stick to higher learning and leave on-the-job training to employers? www.shutterstock.com.au

Higher education is more than vocational training

Universities Australia recently announced a joint initiative with business groups to get graduates “work ready” through vocational workplace training. This is to be welcomed but it is also to be questioned…

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