Higher Education

DHET meeting with students at SAUS

Calls for a national shutdown of university campuses have been removed but the national union of student SRCs stlll has demands for the registation of students at universities across the country.

The Independent Institute of Education has been accredited by the
internationally recognised quality assurance agency, the British Accreditation
Council (BAC).

A tuition-free, online model for tertiary education can solve the vast shortage
of University seats, impacting millions of people in Africa and around the world.
Is this the answer?

South Africa faces a major challenge in academically preparing its secondary
school learners for tertiary education. High dropout rates and inadequate
skills development are among the serious consequences of this failure to
transition effectively from secondary school level.

The Department of Higher Education has released figures about post-school education
and training which demonstrate how the department plans to improve the level of
education and how much funds will be allocated to this goal. It also provides a break
down of funding within sectors.

Have financial contraints stunted your desire to further your education? As the government continues to focus on providing tertiary education for all, bridging programmes such as the SciMathUS programme offered by the University of Stellenbosch, are set to become a popular alternative to reaching those academic goals.

From this year onwards, government has announced that it would "incrementally introduce free education at the undergraduate level.' Minister for Basic Education Angie Motshekga told a press briefing in Cape Town that students in FET colleges, who qualified for financial aid, would be "exempted completely from paying academic fees.'

"Barely a few decades ago, education inclusion and academic freedom was a distant dream of our forefathers". Speaking at the launch of the revamped Soweto Campus of the University of Johannesburg, Vice Chancellor, Professor Ihron Rensburg reminded guests that Soweto "has global significance for all people who value liberty and the human spirit?s quest for freedom". Details of the launch and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's speech.

A review of funding framework for higher education institutions that could lead to more money being allocated to historically disadvantaged universities is going ahead as planned this year. Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande told parliament during his budget vote that a ministerial task team will also study university student housing and assess the need for additional accommodation.

A R9 million grant, which was awarded to the Wits University Centre for Rural-Based Education in the North West, has been hailed as a major boost for people of the province. The North West Health and Social Development said the three-year grant will help to develop a District Training Centre.

The 18 percent of students who pass matric and gain entrance to universities is not a true reflection of South Africa's potential, said Dr Blade Nzimande. With 40 percent of people between 18 and 24 neither in employment, education institutions nor in workplace training, something needs to be done in terms of access.

The University of Johannesburg should ensure that the redeveloped Soweto Campus is part of a comprehensive university that aspires to provide a demanding and rigorous learning experience in a vibrant and exciting intellectual environment. This was the message from Education Minister, Naledi Pandor, who was speaking at the opening of the redeveloped Soweto Campus of UJ.

The Department of Education has established a committee to investigate the extent of discrimination in public higher education institutions.

Minister Pandor announces names and terms of reference of the committee on Progress towards transformation and social cohesion and the elimination of discrimination in Public Higher Education institutions.

New buildings are usually a sign of growth and prosperity. They are usually a sign of an investment in the future.

The Minister of Education, Naledi Pandor, has condemned violence during student protests at the Durban University of Technology (DUT).
Students are protesting over registration fees, demanding that they be registered without paying the previous academic year's fees and that their debt be rolled over.

Study fees are always a burden for univeristy students but even TsiBA in Cape Town, which offers free higher education, sees students drop out as they are encouraged to get a job so they can support their families. TsiBA's Leigh Meinert is calling for a national minimum wage for students to assist them in completing their courses.

Professors across South Africa are partnering with Google to introduce students to the world of online advertising and hundreds of South African marketing students are ready for the challenge.

President Thabo Mbeki chaired the Higher Education Working Group meeting at the Union Buildings in Tshwane. Minister of Education, Naledi Pandor and various representatives of the Higher Education fraternity, also attended the Working Group, which was last held in May this year.

Government is to increase the number of tertiary institutions to reach its target of 20 percent enrolment of young people aged between 18 and 25 in the higher education system by 2015

The education department plans to increase the university student population to 820 000 by 2010, 82 000 more students than in 2005. It also plans to increase the number of graduates from 120 000 to 150 000 a year by 2010.

For the first time an African university has appeared in the THES-QS World University Rankings 2007 which rank all universities across the world. The report, published in the prestigious Times Higher Education Supplement, shows that the UK and US dominate the top 10 and includes

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Nqcuka was inaugurated as the second Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) woman chancellor.
The first woman chancellor to be appointed by the institution was the late Dr Adelaide Tambo in 2005.

More widespread university education means more prosperous economies and provides rich rewards in the labour market for those who graduate. Furthermore, the job prospects for the less well qualified do not appear to be damaged by the expansion of higher education and may even be improved, according to the latest edition of the OECD?s annual Education at a Glance.


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