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.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has reminded first year students, who have qualified to get a bursary from the NSFAS, to ensure that they have signed their agreements by 31 July 2018.

South African trusts, foundations, corporations and individuals are donating more to local universities than ever before – but the vast majority of funding is still being channelled to so-called traditional higher education institutions.

It is relatively rare for a young person to leave school knowing on their own exactly what they want to do next

Universities in many parts of the world are buckling under multiple financial, societal and political demands. This has led to increasingly loud calls for what are called “enhanced efficiencies” – a term drawn from the business world

Graduations are celebrations, but few realise the struggles that many students face in getting across the finish line.

The Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences including Climate Change (PAUWES) in Algeria contributes to promoting higher education and applied research

As a young black woman the new Vice Chancellor of UCT, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, recently made headlines for being chosen to lead one of the most prestigious universities in the country.

There’s a great deal of comfort to be had in the idea that success at university is primarily or exclusively the result of a student’s hard work. All that’s needed is for students to do their best and fairness will prevail. Students who don’t apply themselves will fail. End of story.

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.


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