The rapid sharing of research is so vital. In cases like the COVID-19 pandemic, it can save lives.
There's strong evidence that, all things being equal, leading South African universities provide “world class” training at PhD level.
South Africa's National Research Foundation will dramatically scale back “incentive” funding to rated researchers, both those who already have a rating and those who will be rated in the future.
It takes a combination of formal and informal learning to equip academics to become better teachers. Universities need to encourage both approaches.
A new policy on research outputs and funding will be introduced in South Africa in 2016. But it leaves too much unchanged from the old policy.
South African scientists and scholars produce the most significant portion of Africa’s recognised research publications.