My friend! Your article brought tears to my eyes! I cannot agree more! I am currently in the final stages of my Phd (engineering) at a Uni in South Africa.
I also have a very good friend at Oxford Uni and he is experiencing the same problems. Is this a coincidence..? Australia, South Africa and the UK ? I do not think so..The only conclusion I can make is that all academics are manufactured in the same factory. :-)
There are always exeptions to the rule, but I have yet to find one.