Universities

Institutions of higher education, universities offer both undergraduate and postgraduate education for students. Many students who pass Matric go on to study at one of the universities in South Africa or around the world, continuing their education. Some stop after their Bachelor's degree, while others go on to be awarded their Honours, Masters and Doctorates. Universities are an essential part of society, providing tertiary education to each new group of students and preparing them for demanding, skill-intensive jobs. Without universities, we would be without doctors, engineers and mathematicians, to name a few. Look below for news relating to universities, fees and registration, as well as the challenges facing tertiary education in South Africa.

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With the 2016 Matric results being released on 5 January 2017, questions regarding future generations’ academic prospects remain a major concern for South Africans. In a recent statement by leading economist, Mike Schussler, SA campuses’ lack of financial resources and poor support system for students, are a large setback in the country’s education sector. 

Matriculants, who are currently receiving a social grant and are accepted at higher learning institutions, will no longer go through a means test to qualify for financial aid.

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande says a lot of ground work has been done to ensure a seamless registration period for the 2017 academic year.

With the matric exams done and dusted, thousands of learners are now entering the long wait to see how they performed in one of the most important assessments they will ever sit.

Leaving home and heading off to university is a rite of passage for many young people but it’s also a stressful time of adjustment for them and their parents; one which is exacerbated by the progressive dearth of available and affordable student accommodation.

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has raised R100 million to support the studies of almost 2 500 missing middle students.

In times of economic downswing training should be top priority. This is counter-intuitive for many businesses, however. When the going gets tough our natural instinct is to batten down the hatches and go into ‘saving mode’.

‘The students are coming!’ WhatsApp pictures had alerted staff to students marching towards the Wits Business School during my visit last week as a Visiting Professor, and I made a hasty exit to avoid being locked in.

The University of Limpopo will hold its annual student trust fundraising event and Onkgopotse Tiro Excellence Awards.

Management at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has decided to cancel all face-to-face classes and tests at its Soshanguve campuses due to continuous disruptions.

It is well documented that investing in science and technology-driven innovation is one of the means of driving economic growth in Africa. A knowledge-based economy is the bedrock of creativity and innovation which feeds into wealth creation.

Should higher education be financed? A team of expert panellists speaking at the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management asked difficult questions at the University of Cape Town on Friday. The answers were surprising – starting with challenging the very concept of free education.

Police have arrested 831 people in relation to the student protests over fees at the country’s institutions of higher learning and training.

Students in South Africa, for perhaps the first time in the country’s democratic history, might not complete the academic year.

There has been a growing narrative of misinformation related to “private universities” within the context of the crisis in the public higher education sector, says Roy Douglas, CEO of ADvTECH Ltd, which owns the country’s largest registered private higher education provider, The Independent Institute of Education.

Higher Education and Training Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has identified short to medium term, and long term plans, as part of the roadmap, to transform post-school education and training.

Cabinet had reiterated the call for the country to support all efforts made to save the 2016 academic programme.

The academic calendar is continuing at Wits University, despite several scuffles between a group of protesting students and police overnight.

While government is sympathetic to students’ calls for free tertiary education, efforts should be made towards ensuring that the 2016 academic programme is completed while still finding medium to long term solutions, says President Jacob Zuma.

Government and business leaders have made a unanimous call to all stakeholders to help save the 2016 academic year while the engagements on fees continue.

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