With limited resources and inadequate infrastructure, African universities appear to be under tremendous strain. But some are beating the odds and getting it right.
Lack of access to resources is a big problem for postdoctoral researchers.
Evaluation is a critical tool for decisions on improving performance. It also assures that African universities are getting value for money from grants, donations and the like.
Gandhi was celebrated for the things he taught the world in his later years, through his writings, ideas and lifestyle. He was celebrated for seeking peace for all the peoples of the world.
Global university rankings are based on a snapshot of institutional performance. A gain by one institution is a loss by another.
University rankings must include quality teaching and indicators that address inequality as measuring tools.
Fela Kuti's critically engaging lyrics, and his intense and methodical delivery, provide an important window to exposing students to critical understanding of the global system.
Universities could mine alumni databases to improve individual institutions' work - and raise funds.
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.
Distance education for teacher training has its problems. Improved support can address these issues - but some of it should come from students themselves.
South Africa must act to halt the decline and save its universities' well deserved global reputation of excellence.
Universities play a major role in procuring the human and intellectual resources needed for fulfilling the various goals of the UN's Agenda 2030.
Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the hot spots of Christian higher education growth worldwide, a trend that can be observed across the continent.
Mentoring programs can be enormously valuable for students, both in terms of their academic performance and their professional development.
There's no doubt South African universities need to undergo a real shift. But are the country's current intellectual and academic forces up to the task?
Computer programming is best learned through practice, but students in developing economies don't always have access to desktop or laptop computers. Mobile phones may be the solution.
In both the global North and South, economics tends to be taught with micro- and macroeconomic models that are disconnected from sociopolitical realities. We suggest new ways of teaching economics.
More than two decades after apartheid ended, South African universities still tend to offer a view of the country and continent that is rooted in colonial and apartheid thinking.
If researchers pose the right questions about transformation, this can lead to better answers, stronger policies and, ultimately, real change.
The politicisation of academia definitely contributes to a decline in academic standards. This is a situation South Africa must work hard to avoid. It can learn from others on the continent.