Most of the damage to our universities happens in plain sight. Right now, SA’s largest university is single-handedly destroying what is left of the academic project.

But let’s start at the beginning. Why does a society have universities? It is to engage the brightest young minds available through higher learning. It is to set the highest standards for research and teaching so that graduates are competitive in, and contribute to, a global knowledge economy. It is to create intellectual environments where research breaks new ground and merits publication in the world’s leading journals or by reputed scholarly presses...

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