Independent Online on 5 March 2017

Rabid competition among universities and academics is a by-product of the industrial revolution dating back to the 19th century. While competition is important for advancing knowledge and civilisation, it is no longer sufficient in the 21st century.

Fresh thinking about the refined roles and responsibilities of universities and academics is necessary if we are to overcome the shortcomings that come with old thinking focused mainly on hyper-specialisation, rankings and tenure. Such rethinking is especially pertinent in post-1994 South Africa.

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