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.