South African students want free university education. In a deeply unequal society, could there be another way?
Some of Italy’s private universities may have a solution to South Africa’s tertiary fee crisis: a sliding scale of fees based on household income.
Students protest outside one of the University of Cape Town’s main administration buildings.
Students and academics are fed up with the situation at South Africa’s universities. One way to improve conditions is for universities to be run as institutions of learning – not big businesses.
A student at Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand sums up the motive for ongoing campus protests.
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South Africa’s higher education sector is dramatically underfunded. Polite conversations between vice-chancellors and the government have failed. It’s time the voices of student activists was heard.
A change in minister needs to mean a change in tack with regard to higher education.
Higher education policy development should involve learning from the Abbott government’s mistakes and other counties where university reform has been successfully achieved.
Saying we’ve the lowest funded university sector in the OECD doesn’t paint the right picture.
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Many point out that in 2011 Australia’s public funding of universities ranked thirty-third out of the thirty-four OECD member countries. However the story is not so simple.
Simon Birmingham has announced the deregulation of university fees will be delayed until 2017 at the earliest.
New Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the Turnbull government will abandon plans to deregulate university fees in time for 2016.
Labor want to position itself as the education party.
Labor has released a higher education policy intended to restart a discussion stalled by the failure of the Coalition’s deregulation package to pass the Senate. What is the point of the promised funding guarantee?
Labor has said it would immediately scrap cuts to higher education if it won office.
The opposition’s statement today rules out a number of the current government’s policies. Deregulation, as they’ve said before, but also plans to expand the demand-driven system.
Universities need to be encouraged to collaborate more, not compete more.
Currently universities collaborate with one another and with other sectors in myriad ways, greater competition through deregulation could discourage such collaborations.
Australia ranks 30th of 31 OECD countries for public investment in higher education.
What are some of the consequences for reduced and declining government funding for Australia’s university sector?
If Shorten wants to bring back compacts he should learn from the first time.
If a future government does decide to resurrect compact-like agreements, they should learn from the first two goes with them.
More expensive universities aren’t necessarily better, but international students usually think so.
International students are more attracted to universities that charge more, so would price equal quality in the eyes of Aussie students if fees were uncapped?
If universities increase their fees and students can’t pay their loans, should the university be held responsible?
ANU economists argue that Australian universities should have “skin in the game” on Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts.
Australia’s universities all have pretty high standards, so how to pick one?
All of the universities in Australia are of a high standard, so what makes them so good, and how do you choose between them?
Are universities counting their pennies?
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As universities swallow a £150m cut to their teaching budgets, are they in a stable financial position?
Graduating, but with how much debt?
Policies announced in George Osborne’s budget could harm students’ access to university and cost the state more.
On your own from here?
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There are suggestions that grants to help students cover their living costs could be cut.
It’s in universities’ best interests to keep the government onside.
Should publicly funded institutes such as universities be allowed to make political donations?
The university experience means more than a piece of paper and a photo in a cap and gown.
We value the boosted career and wealth outcomes for graduates and what that does for our economy, but university has more value than that.
Academics want to conduct blue sky research, but that’s not why people pay to go to university.
Knowledge for the sake of knowledge is important, but universities, as public institutions, have a responsibility to fulfil their public role too.