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Dissecting decolonisation: Why it will take South African universities backwards – top scientist

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While much of the focus in international scientific research is on making the world a better place for humankind by working on new discoveries, in South Africa much attention is on the ways in which racism has infused the academic system.

Students protesting over university tuition fees added the decolonisation of teaching and learning to their list and their message resonates with many academics.

So what does decolonisation actually mean? Is it the eradication of all signs of European influence within the higher education system? It means many things to many people, with the debate unlikely to settle on a clear definition.

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