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The University of Sydney paid its vice-chancellor $1,627,500 last year, more than any other Australian public university VC received. EQRoy/Shutterstock

How Australian vice-chancellors’ pay came to average $1 million and why it’s a problem

Vice-chancellors' average remuneration has soared from 2.9 times lecturers' pay in 1975 to 16 times in 2018. New governance arrangements triggered the trend and might be needed to rein it in.
John Howard’s education minister sought to refashion university councils in the image of corporate boards. Dan HImbrechts/AAP

Governing universities: tertiary experience no longer required

Decades of legislative change made the councils that govern universities more like corporate boards and less accountable to academic communities. The problems this created are coming home to roost.
When politics interferes in universities – overtly or discreetly – it makes higher education less autonomous. Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

How political interference keeps hurting Africa’s universities

Africa's universities supposedly became more independent after the early 1990s. But it appears they haven't achieved much more than cosmetic autonomy from political interference.
A statue of colonialist Cecil John Rhodes is removed from the University of Cape Town after student protests. Could real transformation come through changing governance structures? Nic Bothma/EPA

How South African universities are governed is the biggest challenge

How can the higher education sector guard against proposed transformation measures being merely superficial quick fixes? At least part of the answer may lie in institutional governance.
The idea of a universities commission has been floated recently – but is it a good idea? Universities image from www.shutterstock.com

Back to the future: do we need a universities commission?

There’s been a push recently in university circles for a new body to help govern the sector and act as a buffer between the universities and government. Champions of the idea point to the Universities…

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