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Is the benefit of a university education overstated? from

What role should universities play in today’s society?

Young people today will need to be more flexible and more entrepreneurial than in the past. Universities can help by designing courses that will have value in a rapidly changing economy.
Students cheer as a statue of Cecil John Rhodes is removed from the University of Cape Town in April 2015. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

Decolonising the curriculum: it’s time for a strategy

There is a risk that because of fatigue, frustration and silencing the important moment created by South Africa's student movements will pass by with no proper, long-term structural change.
Not every teaching graduate will find permanent work. It’s time to weigh up your options. from

Should I stay or should I go? The dilemma for unemployed teachers

Of the 15,000 newly graduated teachers, less than half will find permanent employment in Australia. Now's the time to decide if you stay on to do casual teaching or work abroad.
The year’s nearly ended, but we’re still not sure how to best fund our universities. from

2015, the year that was: Education

2013 was the year of Gonski; 2014 the year of higher education reform; 2015 has been the year of … hmmm … wait, what actually happened this year? Just a lot of chat really, with much debate, but little…
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".
Facing an uncertain future. Tom Wang/

How to future proof university graduates

If robots will take traditional graduate jobs, universities should be training students in borderless leadership skills.
An Egyptian engineer at work on a project to upgrade the Suez Canal. Engineers will be crucial in making the sustainable development goals a reality. Amr Dalsh/Reuters

Engineering graduates can help Africa to meet its sustainable development goals

If we want the Sustainable Development Goals to be more than just big dreams, Africa will need well trained engineers who can put their skills to good use in their own communities.

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