Higher Education


On Tuesday afternoon, the Minister of the Department of Higher Education (DHET), Dr Nobuhle Nkabane, presented the Higher Education Budget Vote for 2024/25 to the National Assembly.

The challenges faced by our higher institutions are no secret and are in fact not unique to South Africa. Higher education all over the world is in turmoil, facing challenges such as leadership crisis, unpaid debt and cut of courses to mention a few.

The ever-changing business world demands adaptable education. TSIBA Business School's part-time programmes allow busy individuals to balance their commitments and gain valuable business qualifications.

There are many individuals who want to pursue a career in the teaching profession. The Funza Lushaka bursary programme assists these students pay their fees. 

University can be expensive. From tuition and registration fees to accommodation, meals, and textbooks, there's a lot to cover. These expenses can place a significant financial burden on students and their families, potentially hindering access to higher education.

The 2024 academic year is now in motion and TVET Colleges are starting to open their Semester 2 applications. Individuals still interested in enrolling in a TVET College in 2024 can still apply.

South Africa is taking a significant step towards addressing its skill shortage by fast-tracking the development of two brand new universities. These institutions will not only increase access to higher education but also focus on equipping graduates with the skills most sought-after by employers in South Africa. 

Education is crucial for both individual and societal progress. The amount of individuals pursuing bachelor's degrees in South Africa has increased since the dawn of democracy, however, questions are being raised about whether undergraduate degrees are enough for people.

South Africa is caught in a vice of two different but interrelated crises: a skills shortage and an economy that is deindustrialising and dying. Jon Foster-Pedley, dean and director of Henley Business School Africa, believes both these trends need to be reversed if we want to turn the economy around.

The Department of Higher Education is currently addressing a longstanding issue regarding the issuance of TVET College certificates, which has persisted since 1992. An update on this matter was recently provided during a Parliamentary Committee meeting.

The promotion of TVET colleges is one of the Higher Education Department's goals. This goal is starting to pay dividends as millions of students apply for for enrollment. 

The establishment of two new universities in South Africa's higher education sector promises to serve a dual purpose. Catering to the demands of industries requiring highly skilled professionals, while simultaneously enriching society by producing educated individuals capable of addressing societal needs.

With the 2024 academic year about to commence, the Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, took to the podium to detail the department’s readiness. Universities and TVET Colleges across the country are preparing for a smooth start to the year.

More than one million students are set to pursue higher education qualifications in 2024. Here's what's being to ensure a smooth start to the 2024 academic year. 

Universities around South Africa are gearing up for the commencement of the 2024 academic year, eagerly anticipating the return of students along with a few new ones onto their campuses. The registration dates for the upcoming academic year have been officially released.

In South Africa, there are fifty TVET colleges comprising over 250 campuses. These institutions offer comprehensive training across various disciplines including engineering, media, hospitality, business, utilities, and tourism.

The start of each academic year is often marked by student protests, and this year was no different. Questions have been raised about what the Department is doing to combat the issues that lead to these protests to prevent this from occurring in years to come.

Recent allegations of corruption, fraud, and bad administration have been raised against several institutions of Higher Education. As a result, the government has implemented measures to address these problems.

Hours before mid-year examinations were set to commence at the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape, parts of the campus were set on fire and vandalised. The institution has launched a full investigation into the incident.

More young people must consider enrolling in vocational training programmes at public colleges in South Africa to achieve the goals set out in the National Development Plan. The higher education department will also look to ensure individuals have relevant opportunities after completing their training.




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