South Africa’s university system at a “tipping point”

More than 1,200 South African academics are warning that the country’s university system is at a tipping point as a result of chronic underfunding. The researchers from 18 South African universities have signed an open letter to the president Jacob Zuma, higher education and training minister Blade Nzimande and finance minister Pravin Gordhan. The letter, sent on 11 August and

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Mentorship: the route to networks, upliftment, science

“Mentorship is important in all fields, but it’s particularly important in science,” says Dr George Smoot. Ten years ago, Smoot won the Nobel prize for physics, after he discovered the cosmic microwave radiation background, the ancient radiation left over from the Big Bang. Last week, he was one of 29 Nobel laureates who, along with about 400 postgraduate students from

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