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Modern, transformative university leaders invite and really listen to all perspectives. Shutterstock

Why universities need brave, bold leaders more than ever

In future, universities will only survive if they can produce knowledge fast and innovate. This will require transformational leadership that gets everyone involved.
A South African university student references the Oscar Pistorius trial during a fee protest. Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Perpetual bonds can help open universities to all who qualify

It shouldn't be up to universities or the government alone to fund students who qualify for tertiary education but can't afford it. A perpetual bond system could be the answer.
Students demand free access for all at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Mark Wessels/Reuters

Quality, free university education is necessary – and possible

Many people dismiss the idea of free, quality public university education out of hand. But there are many ways to make it happen - and it all ties back to the idea of education as a public good.
A student faces off with a policeman in riot gear. Private security forces on campuses are a show of dominance and control. EPA/Nic Bothma

Feminism could offer a new way to solve the #FeesMustFall crisis

The way in which one group of South African student protesters has acted and engaged with university managers shows how valuable a feminist approach to protest can be.
Prospective students rush the gates of the University of Johannesburg during a deadly 2012 stampede. Are South Africa’s universities ready for the latest crop of matriculants? Adrian De Kock/EPA

South Africa’s universities may not be ready for the latest crop of school leavers

South Africa's matric results and data from national benchmarking tests suggest that many school leavers aren't ready for university. It's also worth asking: are universities ready for them?
South African academics are extremely worried about President Jacob Zuma’s axing of the finance minister. Reuters/Stefanie Loos

Academics in South Africa voice their dismay at Zuma’s actions

Academics from several South African universities say that in the current world economy decisions about any country's finance minister cannot be made "lightly or capriciously".
Tertiary institutions in South Africa, like the University of Cape Town (pictured here), are in a state of flux and change. Shutterstock

How academic staff development can contribute to changing universities

South Africa's universities are in a state of upheaval. Academic developers must rethink their own purpose and how they work with academics in this environment to foster positive change.
University of Johannesburg students summarise their goal in a hashtag. The question is, what happens next? Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Student protesters must move beyond hashtags to real change

Student protests in South Africa saw triumph for the hashtag and success for the slogan. What lies beyond this as students push for genuine change in universities?

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