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 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.

Government has urged protesters once again to respect the laws of the country.

Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has welcomed an initiative by a forum representing parents to try to end the current impasse between government, students and universities over the fees must fall campaign.

The University of Pretoria (UP) says it will resume its academic programme by implementing arrangements alternative to on-campus lectures.

President Jacob Zuma has established a Ministerial Task Team to assist the Minister of Higher Education and Training to normalise the situation at higher education institutions across South Africa, working with all stakeholders.

Government says free higher education is not possible and was never part of the educational policy.

Can South Africa afford to fund higher education and if so how will we do it? The Minister of Finance Mr Pravin Gordhan has invited South Africans to share their views.

Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana has called on parents and guardians to talk to their children and encourage them to go back to class and write their exams for the 2016 academic year.

The University of Witwatersrand Council has announced that classes will resume on Monday to ensure the continuation of learning, teaching, research and administrative activities of the university, and successful completion of the academic year.

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) has not experienced any disruptions to the academic programme today, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs at the university, Alan Khan, said.

Wits University is calm this morning, with police on standby following clashes between police and students on the main campus on Tuesday.


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