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.
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.