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Africa’s flagship universities have a great deal to offer as the continent continues to grow and develop. Shutterstock

The untold story of how Africa’s flagship universities have advanced

When talking about the role that higher education can play in developing Africa, it’s important not to forget the continuing and crucial role of the continent’s flagship universities.
In third place, Oxford University is the top UK institution in the World University Rankings 2014-15. Andrew Matthews/PA Archive

What do world university rankings actually mean?

From the “best beaches” to the “best slice of pizza” to the best hospital to have cardiac surgery in, we are inundated with a seemingly never-ending series of reports ranking everything that can be ranked…
Will students pay exorbitant fees for Australia’s most prestigious universities if there’s no future financial benefit? Flickr/Justin Kim

Prestige costs rather than pays in higher education

The belief of Australia’s Group of Eight elite universities that fee deregulation will allow them to fund their chase for global prestige is based on a fundamental misreading of the economics of elite…

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