After 50 years as a university teacher, researcher and student, Raewyn Connell wrote a book, The Good University. Today, universities face a more toxic set of challenges than she has ever seen before.
Universities must be considered as not only in crisis but also as drivers of crisis in a world of climate change, biodiversity loss, authoritarianism and deep social and economic inequalities.
Universities supposedly have adopted a more corporate approach – but most corporate board members have expertise in the area their company operates in and are more accountable to shareholders.
Educating international students provides far more benefits for Australia than is commonly acknowledged. But it has also created problems and an ambitious agenda is needed to overcome these.
Three decades ago, in another time of upheaval in higher education, 7% of working-age Australians had a degree. Today 33% have one. More people than ever have a stake in what happens to universities.
A collapse in revenue and a lack of government support have led to university workforces being decimated to cut costs. This presents a number of longer-term risks for universities and the nation.
The resilience of South Sudan’s higher education system can be attributed to dedicated staff, institutional partnerships and supportive governance.
Former vice-chancellor Jonathan Jansen argues that there is no future for South African universities.