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Completion rates for PhD courses are very low. Here are some things students, supervisors and universities can do to help support these students through to completion.
The classroom of the future.
The future of education is in the clouds.
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.
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University degrees perform the same function in 2017 as indulgences did in 1517.
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.
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.
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?
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Sometimes it’ll be tough going, but there’s great joy in working towards a PhD.
Completing a PhD is a process that takes years. There are several ways to make this a happy, productive time rather than a period of endless misery.
Africa’s doctoral graduates have a different role to play across the continent than they did in the years immediately after independence.
Doctoral studies are valued as an engine for development in Africa. If doctoral graduates are to meet this challenge, the very structure of the doctoral programme must change.
The big news here is the changes to culture and curriculum, not degree length.
The University of Sydney has announced an overhaul of its undergraduate teaching. If achieved, some of these reforms could be revolutionary, but much of the media attention has focused on the less important aspects.