Newspaper and Opinion pieces

  • Lack of black professors at SA’s universities

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Anon
    Year of Publishing: 2014
    Keywords: Professors, universities, black academics, black intellectuals, university transformation, infographics, apartheid, whites

    A report on how few black South African professors are teaching in South Africa's universities and why so few black people occupy senior academic positions. Includes an infographic which shows the number of black professors nationally and at former white universities [City Press, 3 August 2014].

  • JM Coetzee: Universities head for extinction

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Coetzee, J.M.
    Year of Publishing: 2013
    Keywords: Education, Higher education, Humanism, Academic autonomy, Critical literacy

    This newspaper article is novelist and academic JM Coetzee's foreword to University of Cape Town fellow Professor John Higgins's new book. He notes that the new book seeks to address this general question - "Is a university still a university when it loses its academic autonomy?" The author opines that the question seems to be of the utmost importance to the future of higher education in South Africa. [01 November 2013]

  • Jansen: I stand by my decision

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: CityPress
    Year of Publishing: 2009
    Keywords: Tertiary Institutions, Racism, University of Free State, Dignity, Equality, Human Rights Commission

    The victims of the racist video say they hardly leave their homes because going out means being ridiculed, but University of Free State vice-chancellor Jonathan Jansen says he stands by his decision. Despite a political firestorm, Jansen is standing firmly by his decision to drop internal charges against the students, and invite them back to complete their studies. (City Press 24 October 2009)

  • Jansen: I stand by my decision

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: CityPress
    Year of Publishing: 2009
    Keywords: Tertiary Institutions, Racism, University of Free State, Dignity, Equality, Human Rights Commission

    The victims of the racist video say they hardly leave their homes because going out means being ridiculed, but University of Free State vice-chancellor Jonathan Jansen says he stands by his decision. Despite a political firestorm, Jansen is standing firmly by his decision to drop internal charges against the students, and invite them back to complete their studies. (City Press 24 October 2009)

  • Is institutional autonomy a myth?

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Pillay,S.
    Year of Publishing: 2013
    Keywords: Education, Higher Education, 'Ideology of race', Institutional autonomy, Academic freedom, The council on higher education

    The time has come to debate the assumption of academic freedom that universities hold dear. This article points out that the unravelling of apartheid's legacies necessitates confronting our historical predicaments. The author opines that ,if we are to create a properly post-apartheid university, we cannot flinch at the pitfalls. [07 June 2013]

  • Humanities row displays bad 'form'

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Kistner, U
    Year of Publishing: 2013
    Keywords: Higher education, Education, 'Decolonising the humanities', Eurocentric, Afrocentric, Institutional Autonomy

    This article argues that freedom must prevail or the humanities will be at the mercy of political nationalism. The author reasons that mouse-clicking on "decolonising the humanities" is not the same as "hitting the panic button of academic freedom" [10 May 2013]

  • Humanities ready to weigh anchor

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Sitas, A., & Mosoetsa, S.
    Year of Publishing: 2013
    Keywords: Higher education, Social sciences, National Institute for the Humanities and the Social Sciences, Higher Education Act

    This newspaper article discusses how the team charged with gleaning what afflicts the social sciences is all set to forge ahead on its newly charted course. [7 June 2013]

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