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.

Tertiary education is broken. Universities as they currently exist and function cannot last much longer and nor should they. The dropout rate in South Africa's universities is high, while our graduation rate is low, far lower than the "ideal" rate of 25% set in the National Plan for Higher Education (Department of Education, 2001). This suggests that our tertiary education system is in crisis and needs a dramatic overhaul if it is to help shape the future of South Africa.

More than two million students studying at South Africa’s public Universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges have been funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) since 2013, the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, has announced.

South African non-profit organisations (NPOs), universities and other higher education institutions have ongoing challenges when it comes to remaining sustainable. It’s becoming more apparent that they require qualified practitioners who can attract resources.

With the rapid growth of private higher education in South Africa, prospective students now have a wealth of options when choosing not only what to study, but also where.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says industry must partner with stakeholders in the post-school education sector to help mould the educational outcomes that will give the country the skills it needs to grow the economy.

The education sector needs to diversify its offering to meet the needs of all South African learners, said Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during his address at the National Skills Conference.

The National Skills Authority (NSA) chairperson, Lulama Nare, says government efforts to increase funding for students who qualify to study at public colleges and universities have expanded access to education in South Africa.

The National Skills Authority (NSA) chairperson, Lulama Nare, says government efforts to increase funding for students who qualify to study at public colleges and universities have expanded access to education in South Africa.

The Department of Military Veterans and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) have agreed to fast-track the payment of fees for military veterans and their dependents including food, transport and books.

Learners at three secondary schools in Kuruman, Northern Cape, have been encouraged to apply now at universities and TVET colleges through the 2017 Apply Now/Khetha Career Guidance Campaign.

Education is the single most important element that can take South Africa forward, says Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe.

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) will register the names of holders of fake certificates on its website.

A new transcontinental research project is looking at the way technology is affecting traditional campus-based degrees.

Government has contributed over R4 billion towards covering university fee increases, says Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande.

Industry experts at the top of their careers are increasingly branching out into a parallel career in lecturing, owing to the great demand for their skills and the opportunity of broadening their experience.

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.

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