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A student beats the statue of Cecil John Rhodes with a belt as it is removed from the University of Cape Town. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Colonial legacy of mining pioneers poses a dilemma for South Africans

The Randlords left a big dilemma in their wake: contemporary South Africa is not sure whether to thank them for bringing civilisation, or to curse them for complicating future race relations.
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".
The Large Hadron Collider is playing a key role in enabling the collection of big data. Supplied

The big data challenge and how Africa can benefit

Big data is about processing large amounts of data. It is often associated with multiplicities of data. But the ability to generate data outpaces the ability to store it.
‘There are relatively fewer large-scale research-intensive industries for universities to partner with in Australia,’ says Glyn Davis, vice-chancellor, University of Melbourne. Alan Porritt/AAP

Poor research-industry collaboration: time for blame or economic reality at work?

We can't fulfil Malcolm Turnbull's ambition for an innovative nation without understanding why researchers are struggling to engage with industry.

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