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Prof Jonathan Jansen starts by attributing “damage to our universities” to Unisa’s transformational criteria. I am not sure whether transformation at any institution of higher learning could do reputational harm to a system that needs fixing.

He correctly points out that the role of the university, among other things, is to “engage the brightest young minds available” and “to set the highest standards for research and teaching”, which Unisa has done for more than 140 years to date and is still doing...

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