In some places, the dismal labour conditions of young academics have spurred them to unionise. Not so in the Czech Republic, where students and intellectuals lead lives of “state-ordered poverty”.
Students who take longer to complete their degree will be hit hard by fee hikes.
Higher education reform means more pain for students and universities with long lasting consequences.
If universities work together they are more likely to find creative solutions to problems. Collaboration will allow them to benefit from the global academic community's collective wisdom.
Demands being made by protesting students in South Africa purport to support the poor. But the most marginalised young people in the country will not benefit from free higher education.
The government's long road to a higher education policy has taken another small step forward with Education Minister Simon Birmingham setting up an expert advisory panel.
A new VET student loan scheme will aim at putting a stop to rorting by dodgy private colleges. Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the new scheme is being built from the ground up.
A "buy now, pay later" model is well suited to financing higher education. Commercial bank loans are not viable. Government-backed loans with income-contingent repayment are the fair solution.
Higher education is a resource intensive enterprise. It cannot effectively function without a massive injection of resources in a sustained and escalated manner.
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.
An independent authority should control the tertiary funding system in Australia in order to best implement policy objectives.
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.
South Africa must examine how science funding is allocated to universities. It also needs to acknowledge that not all universities should be focusing on research and development.
Tanzania's government has uncovered evidence of 2 000 "ghost" students who are fraudulently obtaining loans. This costs the country and other students dearly.
Demand for research grants has far exceeded supply, with success rates for grant applications falling to record lows.
Barnaby Joyce found his political future in doubt this week, with the gunshot announcement from Tony Windsor that he would try to ride back into his old seat of New England.
Higher education has done as well as could have been expected from the 2016 Budget, given South Africa's current economic circumstances.
Kenya's authorities are trying to deal with declining standards at the country's public and private universities. This will require a strengthened regulatory framework and hard work from institutions.
If higher education is made "free" for all, the whole society ends up paying more. That's deeply unjust in already unequal societies, such as those in Africa.
It shouldn't be up to universities or the government alone to fund students who qualify for tertiary education but can't afford it. A perpetual bond system could be the answer.