Higher Education

Higher Education, a near-essential part of life. Referring to any studying done after Matric, higher education provides students with additional qualifications necessary to obtain specific jobs and advance themselves in life. Options for higher education include universities and colleges, offering qualifications on degree, diploma and certificate levels. Which of these levels of higher education you qualify to go into depends upon your Matric pass - it takes a Bachelor's pass to qualify to study for a degree, a Diploma pass for a diploma and a Higher Certificate pass for a certificate. Read on to see what your options are in terms of higher education and see how the field of higher education is changing in South Africa.

Government has allocated a “fee adjustment grant” to assist students from poor, working class and missing middle households to pay for increases of up to 8% on the 2017 higher education fees.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says a provision of R5 billion has been set aside to fund the higher education and training sector in 2019/20.

Following the student protests that have rocked the country in recent years, Minister Gordhan announced several adjustments to university fees, and appointed a commission to assess the feasibility of free higher education and training.

President Jacob Zuma says educating the nation should be the task of all South Africans, as it will help the country to prosper.

South Africa has set itself goals of eradicating poverty, reducing inequality, growing the economy by an average of 5.4%, and cutting the unemployment rate to 6% by 2030.

South Africa's private higher education provider partners with UK counterpart to improve student access, success and opportunity.

South Africa’s public tertiary education institutions lack the capacity to meet the enormous and increasing demands of young people who aspire to attain higher qualifications.

Even though it is many people’s dream, the odds of becoming a millionaire are as slim as the chances of finding and cashing a winning lottery ticket, and going the route of gaining a tertiary education is necessary in order to turn dreams into reality.

In today’s education system, we stand at a meaningful crossroads. In many ways, it is a time rich in opportunity as we devise fresh methods to prepare learners for the information economy. On the other hand, we face several challenges that threaten to restrict the creation of a relevant, modern curriculum.

South Africa’s leading private higher education institutions have committed to improving the quality and positioning of the sector in the country.

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande says the sector is ready for the 2017 academic year.

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What options are available for students who have not secured their place at a university this year?

The level of your matric pass will have a huge impact on what you can do after the final school bell rings.

As the 2017 tertiary education academic year begins, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is working around the clock to finalise applications for funding.

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has called on students to make use of opportunities to further their education so they can be successful and develop a skilled workforce for the country.

The Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr. Blade Nzimande recently presented some of government's plans to provide financial support to students in 2017.

Every year in January, the media reports extensively on the desperate situation in which thousands of matriculants find themselves – that of having qualified for entry into a degree programme, yet not being able to enrol at a public university due to lack of space.

The Central Application Clearing House, referred to as "CACH”, is expected to once again assist learners in accessing higher education.

It seems a tad bizarre that the Department of Education has proposed a new bill, which calls for a clampdown on so-called educational institutions that issue fake qualifications.

President Jacob Zuma says no student should be denied access to higher education and training in South Africa.

"The first three chapters of the report into free higher education have been released by President Zuma - but we will have to wait until next year to find out whether fee-free university study will happen.

Many yearn for an educational experience that transcends the norm and breaks the tradition, blazing along a truly 21st Century path and offering a sensational experience of the world while earning a degree.

The Master’s degree is the new black. It’s becoming awfully fashionable in a world where a Bachelor’s degree is becoming more accessible than ever, and therefore, more redundant.

The Department of Home Affairs has granted a blanket extension until 31 March 2017 on all visas issued for the purpose of studies at tertiary institutions in South Africa.


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