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.

Leaving home to study for the first time is an exciting event filled with anticipation. This transitional period in one’s life is filled with new experiences, as well as a lot more freedom and financial responsibility.

Thousands of university students are getting ready to tackle the 2018 academic year as public universities open their doors for learning.

The University Museum in Stellenbosch (Sasol Art Museum) invites schools to participate in the Access to Visual Arts programme, which is funded by the National Arts Council.

The University of South Africa (UNISA) will re-open its applications for the 2018 academic year for first-time entering undergraduate students.

The new policy on free education will allow first year students to receive a fully paid grant from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

There are many career paths and even more emerging professions to choose from today.

Changes to the post–school education and training system will be undertaken in a fiscally sustainable manner, says Higher Education and Training Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize.

The EFF has reaffirmed its intention to help student walk-ins gain access to higher education despite the fact that university applications have closed for 2018.

President Zuma's announcement that poor and working class students will be able to access free university courses has caused much excitment among young people.

The Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) online application service for matriculants, who struggled to secure a place at the educational institution of their choice.

An ‘Innovation Lab’ complete with Virtual Reality, 3D goggles, a drone, a 3D printer, Amazon Echo, an Emotiv headset and credit card-sized computers, has been launched at the University of Cape Town, bringing theory to life for hundreds of students.


Unisa is re-opening applications for the 2017 fee adjustment (missing middle) grant from 10 to 24 November 2017.

One of the proposals in the Heher Commission is to move to an Income Contingency Loan(ICL) funding model. But what does this mean?

President Zuma has released the report in university fees - but it isn't the final answer on the question of whether university education should be free. Another committee is still looking into it.

Are you looking for funding for your studies? Start with your university.

Four students from Nelson Mandela University’s (NMU) School of Language, Media and Communication were selected to participate and represent South Africa at the International Youth Organization Forum & Beijing Youth Camp from 25 to 31 October in Beijing, China.

Universities operate in a changing, challenging environment ‒ and this requires strong leaders who are ready to explore and adopt innovative funding models, with a particular focus on philanthropy.

Social prejudice, family and education were just a few of the topics discussed at Stellenbosch University Museum’s screening of As We See It, a documentary about living with albinism in South Africa.

The university degree is becoming obsolete according to Dion Chang, founder of Flux Trends.

President Zuma will release the Heher Report into the feasability of free higher education later this week, but details of the findings have already been leaked to the media.

According to Reabetsoe Buys, counselling psychologist at Monash South Africa, ten things that are important to consider when choosing a campus for your tertiary studies include:

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.


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