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As by fire – The end of the South African University

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As by fire – The end of the South African University

Jonathan Jansen discusses his book ‘As by fire – The end of the South African University’. (Camera & editing: Darlene Creamer)

26th July 2017

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What are the real roots of the student protests of 2015–16? Why did the protests turn violent? Do the students know how to end it?

Former Free State University vice-chancellor Jonathan Jansen delves into the unprecedented disruption of universities that caught South Africa by surprise. In frank interviews with 11 of the VCs most affected, he examines the forces at work and what is driving our youth.

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As by fire gives us an insider view of the crisis and tells us what it means for our universities.

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Professor Jonathan Jansen is the rector of the University of the Free State, where he has earned a formidable reputation for transformation and for a deep commitment to reconciliation.

He writes regular columns for various newspapers and is highly regarded as a commentator and analyst. He is married with two children.

As by fire – The end of the South African University is published by Tafelberg

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