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How you will pay for Zuma's free education plan?
The government is considering drastic budget cuts to fund free higher education, including cutting social grants, freezing the roll-out of RDP houses and increasing taxes. By Lynley Donnelly , Khadija Patel, Matuma Letsoalo, Mail and Guardian,...
Student protesters must move beyond hashtags to real change -John Higgins
Protest movements are manifestos of a sort. Like manifestos, both political and aesthetic, they usually aim to create the support they need by seeking to identify a wrong, then proposing a way of righting it.
UCT ranks 171
UCT ranks 171 in Times Higher Education World University Rankings
World University Rankings 2017-2018 analysis


Sunday, 18 February 2018
New student funding system - Making it work

Following President Zuma’s announcement of a new student funding system on 16 December 2017, Universities SA (USAf) and its member universities, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) met and are continuing to work together to ensure that we have a smooth start to the 2018 academic year.

An article by Thandwa Mthembu, Ahmed Bawa and Sizwe Mabizela, World University News, 14 January 2018 Issue No:212

Publication Date:
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 11:15
Free higher education in South Africa: Cutting through the lies and statistics
Free higher education in South Africa: Cutting through the lies and statistics

Mail & Guardian, An article by Sean Mfundza Muller 25 Jan 2018 

Publication Date:
Friday, February 2, 2018 - 08:30
How the Richest U.S. Colleges Get Richer Through Huge Tax Subsidies

During his successful quest to win Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, Donald Trump told the state’s voters that colleges are fleecing taxpayers and enriching Wall Street.

“What a lot of people don't know is that universities get massive tax breaks for their massive endowments,” he told a crowd in suburban Philadelphia. “These huge multibillion-dollar endowments are tax-free, but too many of these universities don't use the money to help with tuition and student debt. Instead, these universities use the money to pay their administrators, or put donors' names on buildings, or just store the money away. In fact, many universities spend more on private equity fund managers than tuition programs.”

Article by David Sirota and Josh Keefe on 10 May 2017, Newsweek

Publication Date:
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 10:00
Building bridges between the online and offline worlds

To many of us in academia, social media is nothing more than a nuisance. Something we try to ignore, at best tolerate and secretly hate with a passion.

And who can blame us? With their smartphones and their hashtags our students are ‘liberating’ our campuses for causes of their own making. Like #FeesMustFall, #EndOutsourcing and #EndRapeCulture. Starting virtual firestorms raging through the hallowed halls of our universities. Consuming our most precious resources – time and peace of mind.

I’m being ironic, of course. Let me make that clear before somebody quotes me out of context. Probably too late already. Never mind – #TruthWillTrumpAll … yeah, right!

Article by Professor Wim de Villiers, in University World News 26 May 2017 Issue No:461

Publication Date:
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 08:30