14: HE and Unemployment – A View from Nigeria
Misan Rewane, the Director of Lagos-based organisation, West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE), joins this week’s episode. We reflect on higher education in Nigeria and explore the merits of ‘vocational education’ as a tool for unemployed youths to gain skills and improve their access to steady employment. We also get some student opinions on whether a…
13: Student Politics Now
The President of the Student Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Cape Town, Rorisang Moseli, addresses the state of student politics in South Africa today and shares his views on protest, transformation and the student experience in South Africa’s public universities.
12: The State of Higher Education in India
Explore the state of higher education in India. Professor Dilip Menon explains how the rise of Hindu nationalism and the adoption of neoliberal values have contributed to a climate of protest at higher education institutions like Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and the University of Hyderabad.
11: The Black Academic Caucus at UCT
In this week’s episode of The Academic Citizen, Dr Shose Kessi introduces the Black Academic Caucus, which is based at the University of Cape Town, and explains how its objectives relate to transformation and decolonisation within spaces of higher learning.
10: Why Universities Need Fees Income
As discussed in previous episodes, fees have become a major issue for universities in South Africa and beyond. Gerald Wangenge-Ouma joins The Academic Citizen to argue that the call for fee-free education is unrealistic. In his view, fees form an important part of funding for the university in order to maintain access and quality for students.
9: Gender Equity in Universities
Gender-based violence is an issue on all university campuses, as multiple rape allegations at various universities and the #RUReferenceList have shown. Maria Wanyane and Charlene Beukes from the Gender Equity Office (GEO) at Wits University join The Academic Citizen to explore these issues and the importance of gender equity in spaces of higher learning.
8: Transformation in Higher Education
In this week’s episode, The Academic Citizen explores the topic of transformation within the context of South Africa. The show’s guest, Nazeema Mohamed, outlines the necessity and challenges of bringing change to the higher education sector within a growing and evolving democracy. Image by rawpixel.com
7: The Importance of Academic Staff Unions
Academic Staff play an important role in universities. They teach students, research phenomena and help develop the status quo within the institutions that they work. As part of the labour force, they are entitled to liberties and protections enshrined in the Constitution. Professor David Hornsby joins The Academic Citizen to explain what academic staff unions…
6: Protest Action on University Campuses
Dr Prishani Naidoo joins The Academic Citizen to discuss the politics of protest action within the context of university campuses in South Africa. The conversation centres around the university as a microcosm of society and the legitimacy of violent and non-violent forms of protest. The Academic Citizen also gains insight into students’ perspectives on protest…
5: The Marketisation of Higher Education
Resources, competition, quality: these are some of the concerns behind the increasing capitalisation within societies, not only in South Africa, but throughout the world. Join Professor Salim Vally and The Academic Citizen as we delve into the problems of the marketisation of higher education. Read Salim’s journal article titled ‘Higher Education: Market Mill or Public Good?’ and other scholarly papers here. Photo…