It’s all about the money

The financial pressures on universities make it essential to find ways to sustain a key function that has a direct bearing on society public universities are key centres for producing the capacity for innovation and knowledge creation in society, writes Wits Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Habib in the Mail and Guardian.

This is reflected in the conceptual agility of our graduates, the development of high-level and scarce skills, the generation of new knowledge arising from our research to help tackle the challenges of the 21st century, and our engagement with society. But we run the risk of compromising one of the leading higher education systems on the continent if we do not, as a matter of urgency, invest in the sector. Universities have dramatically increased access to higher education at the undergraduate level in the past two decades to ensure that we produce more graduates to support our growing economy.

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