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.

South African researchers now have the advantage of using massive computing power in their quest for new knowledge and applications. This is as a result of a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and its partners in creating the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), which is the first of its kind in the country.

African Universities should be on the forefront on research, education and the implementation of mechanisms that would prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS, Education Minister Naledi Pandor. "Historically, our universities have enjoyed a high degree of independence in finding solutions to the challenges we face,' she said.

Although "tremendous strides' had been made in transforming higher education institutions, much still remained to be done, said Deputy Minister of Education Enver Surty. The deputy minister made this observation in Cape Town, at the Centre for Conflict Resolution’s seminar on Transformation in Higher Education.

A team of three students from the University of the Witwatersrand has won an international award for their innovation in technology. The students from the University’s School of Electrical and Information Engineering received a silver medal at the SIMagine awards in Barcelona, for their adaptation of the local Morabaraba game to a mobile phone game called Mobiraba(tm).

Finance Minister Trevor Manuel’s 2007 Budget will see R600 million going to bursaries at FET Colleges and R2,2 billion to the university sector. Universities will also benefit from a R60 million allocation to establish science research chairs at major universities.

The University of South Africa and the National Research Foundation will host a Post-Graduate Research Indaba, which aims to improve the state of postgraduate research in South Africa. The workshop aims to provide a platform for all stakeholders to reflect on issues affecting postgraduate research supervision and throughput at higher education institutions.

South Africa plans to attract expatriate academics to share their skills in short exchange programmes and research projects, as an alternative to moving back to South Africa. "We need to look at repatriation in a flexible and pragmatic way. Repatriation does not only have to take the form of people coming back to live for good,' said Minister of Education Naledi Pandor.

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says higher education is a national resource that is fundamental to the growth and development of a nation and its people. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the University of South Africa's (Unisa) main campus for this academic year, the Deputy President said it was imperative for higher education to develop and generate the qualifications, competencies and skills that the nation needs to drive its development agenda.

South Africa’s Auditor-General Terence Nombembe has committed R3, 8 million to help the University of Fort Hare produce the country’s future crop of quality chartered accountants. The Auditor General’s office signed an agreement with the university to mark the beginning of a long-term partnership envisaged to see the AG financially supporting the university on an annual basis.

The Universities of the Witwatersrand and Johannesburg will collaborate on a series of projects to develop the City of Johannesburg and Gauteng, with a particular focus on FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup projects. A memorandum of understanding was to that effect was signed by Vice Chancellor of Wits Prof Loyiso Nongxa and his UJ counterpart Prof Ihron Rensburg.

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