JONATHAN JANSEN: What is a university now in SA?
Universities run the risk of becoming nothing more than technical training institutes that spew out automatons for the labour market, bereft of independent thought and a sense of decency
Something rare happened this week. A small group of university principals, scholars and administrators gathered in a room to ponder the future of universities.
The occasion was the recent publication of Rebels and Rage by the vice-chancellor of Wits University, Prof Adam Habib. The intense deliberation about the book, and what it signals about our future, was rare because senior university thinkers could apply their minds to a vexed subject without the disruption and grandstanding that has come to mark such events.