Jonathan Jansen: The future of South African universities hangs in the balance

Prof Jonathan Jansen, president of the Academy of Science of South Africa, talks to 702's Bongani Bingwa about his the future of universities in South Africa.

If we continue down the road of underfunding of our universities as well as the interference by the government. And then also the chronic instability - where you don't know from day to day - whether your campus is going to be open... it is going to be very difficult to sustain across the 26 public universities some really world-class research institutions.

Jonathan Jansen, president of the Academy of Science of South Africa

He says the turn that the student protest movement took towards violence is not good for South Africa.

I would hope we can still turn this ship around. I hope universities will still be funded fully, and I hope we can develop a political culture of tolerance, and intolerance of violence.

Jonathan Jansen, president of the Academy of Science of South Africa

He says if he had a pot of money he would invest it in the foundation years and early childhood education.

We need to increase the number of young people who participate successfully in the entire education cycle and our foundations are extremely weak.

Jonathan Jansen, president of the Academy of Science of South Africa

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