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.

UCT receives funding from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative for research to map all cells in a human body.

So, you got your undergraduate degree, wrote essays, read articles, and drank a lot of cappucinos. Now you’re a postgraduate, doing your honours coursework or maybe even a research masters degree through thesis alone; or you’re in that rare zone, the Ph.D or doctoral research.

The Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences including Climate Change (PAUWES) celebrated the second graduating class of both tracks of its two Master programmes earlier today. 47 students from across the African continent have received their diplomas during a ceremony at the University of Tlemcen.

More than 10 of the world’s top universities - including Harvard, MIT, New York University, Columbia, Cornell and Princeton – have set up shop at Crawford College in Sandton in a quest to identify top matriculants to join their programmes in 2018.

Discrimination on the basis of albinism was one of the issues addressed at a screening and discussion of the documentary As We See It at Stellenbosch University Museum on Thursday 28 September.

The Department of Higher Education and Training has informed the Skills Portal that they have withdrawn the press release they issued on Friday the 8th September claiming that a bogus university was launching in Johannesburg. 

According to recent reports the Walter Sisulu University student, Sibongile Mani has been living in fear since it was revealed that R14.1million was mistakenly paid into her account.

Stellenbosch University Museum is currently hosting an exhibition of photographs by the Stellenbosch artist, Lunga Kama. Visitors to the museum will have an opportunity to view the exhibition until the end of November 2017.

A student who mistakenly received a R14million bursary payout is being held liable for reportedly spending over R800 000 of the money.

Columba Leadership celebrated the award of a newly established international scholarship to one of its brightest young leaders, Keabetswe Malebo. T

The Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017 has recorded five South African universities in the top 500 in the global rankings, despite many challenges that have dogged the higher education sector over the past few years.

Monash South Africa Student and Employee Captivates Judges in Global Business Plan Competition with Plan to Engage Youth in the Democratic Process.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) will, for the first time in its 179-year history, establish an official and permanent educational space in a Cape Town community with the opening of the GSB Solution Space in Philippi Village.

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth has relaunched itself as the Nelson Mandela University.

Honoris United Universities is the first African private higher education network bringing together the leading tertiary education institutions in North and Southern Africa for the first time.


Overseas donors play a key role in funding South African universities, and it is vital that more local individuals, companies and philanthropists come on board to support them financially for long-term sustainability.

There is a growing trend among graduates and current students - who understand that they need to differentiate themselves from their peers in the job market - to complement their main qualification with another kind of training in a completely different field, an education expert says.

Applications for a paid six-month internship program in aerospace now open.

As Government continues to grapple with the issue of expanding access to public universities and making higher education affordable or even fee free, it has become more necessary than ever before to reconsider the country’s approach to private universities.



With university application season now in full swing for Matrics who want to pursue further studies next year, stress levels in homes across the country are rising as a result of the demanding administrative requirements associated with the process.

There are three new exhibitions at the Stellenbosch University Museum – these exhibitions focus on artists or collections from the University Museum’s archive that have not been seen for some time.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the first batch of students to graduate from the University of Mpumalanga to be innovative and to create new opportunities for inclusive development.

Stellenbosch University as it exists today was founded in 1918, but the institution's history dates back as far as the 17th century. The university campus spreads out across the town of Stellenbosch, just outside Cape Town.

If you're thinking of applying to Stellenbosch then this page has all the information you need! Read on to find out about application dates and how to apply.

Earlier this week we published an opinion piece titled "Crisis Point: Tertiary Education is Broken", about some of the problems facing universities in South Africa.

Yesterday (25 April 2017), I received an email from Sinenhlanhla Manana, who shared their story. See it below:


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