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.
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.
It is crucial that institutions around Africa do not shy away from robust and critical debate while continental university rankings take shape.
The latest Times Higher Education rankings of universities under 50 years old paints a positive picture for the Australian higher education sector.