An independent authority should control the tertiary funding system in Australia in order to best implement policy objectives.
A provocative new documentary, 'Starving the Beast,' blames the condition of higher ed on right-wing policies. A scholar argues that the film ignores a long history that has led to current crisis.
South Africa's higher education minister has dealt with fee increments for 2017 but sidestepped students' fundamental issue: an ongoing call to make higher education free for all.
While research shows HEPPP has helped to increase numbers of disadvantaged students going to university, more specific evidence is still needed.
Higher education enables people to express a wide range of perspectives that can come together and be challenged.
The podcast has emerged as a promising medium for facilitating ongoing debate about issues that need more time than mainstream, profit-oriented media or the changing tides of hashtags might allow.
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.
Academia is being asked to do less for more, and universities are at financial breaking point. This has implications for all South Africans.
Talking about food is a productive way to understand a complex world. The dinner table is a place where the shame of poverty is most acutely experienced.
If the flagship policy does not end up driving choice or quality, it is hard to see it gaining support.
South African students’ demands for free university education are not going away. Nor are the country's economic realities.
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.
Australia will face stiff competition from other countries, such as the US and UK, so it must have a clear strategy for how to deepen its engagement with India’s higher education sector.
At best, there will be no new public money, just shuffling funds between programs. At worst, higher education will help reduce the budget deficit.
One option could be to cut per-student funding and instead raise the student contribution from an average of about 40% to 50%, by raising HECS caps.
Demand for research grants has far exceeded supply, with success rates for grant applications falling to record lows.
What's in store for key policy areas, from health to education to infrastructure to asylum seekers, under a returned Coalition government?
What did the Coalition promise during the campaign in 11 key policy areas, from health to infrastructure to jobs?
Not only does higher education build the economy's skills and knowledge, but that it pays for itself and much else many times over.
Before Australians go to vote on Saturday, The Conversation’s editors have assembled a guide to 11 key policy areas that could swing the vote.