There isn't a lot of time for recreational reading when you're running a university. But when year-end holidays roll around, Africa's vice chancellors can finally read for pleasure.
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 Moroccan state's case against a leading academic could have far reaching ramifications for academic freedom and research at the country's universities.
African academics are steeped in European knowledge systems and ways of teaching. There is a galaxy of African scholarship they can draw from to change this - if they're brave enough.
Many universities in East and West Africa lost their autonomy during the 1980s and 1990s and became handmaidens of the state. What insights can their experiences offer for South Africa?
Ghana's universities are working hard to bring in more students – including those who can't afford to study full time and want good quality distance learning options.
African academics and universities have been caught in the predatory journal web. It's time for the continent's universities to start taking this threat to their integrity seriously.
Africa needs to develop a new generation of academics to drive the continent's teaching, learning, research and critical thinking into the future.
Quality higher education is crucial for recovery, peace-building, economic development and stronger governance in post-conflict societies.
There is little value in translating academic texts into "high" or "deep" versions of African languages. Most students read and speak their mother tongues in a far more colloquial fashion.
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.
Higher education can play a key role in pursuing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Collaboration will be crucial.
If memorandums of understanding with international institutions are properly developed and put into action, they can contribute a great deal to African universities' push for internationalisation.
The news that African universities will soon be ranked has generated a great deal of hype. But the initiative seems likely to be doomed from the start.
It is crucial that institutions around Africa do not shy away from robust and critical debate while continental university rankings take shape.
Doctoral studies are valued as an engine for development in Africa. If doctoral graduates are to meet this challenge, the very structure of the doctoral programme must change.
More and more African universities are realigning themselves to tackle their countries' societal and economic problems.
Data from the National Benchmark Test can be used by universities to support students who lag behind in academic literacy.
For decades, higher education in developing countries has not been a priority for international aid donors. That is now changing.
There is more to drawing diaspora academics back to their home countries in Africa than striking up individual relationships. Infrastructure must be fixed and institutional management must improve.