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.

Government has assured protesting students that it is responding to their concerns regarding tertiary institution fees.

After weeks of escalating student protest action, government has issued yet another request to end the violent behaviour demonstrated across campuses.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has called on all stakeholders to give the Presidential Commission, which was set up to look into fees for tertiary education, space to conclude its work.

The University of Cape Town is South Africa’s top achiever once again, although it has dropped 28 places to 148th in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-17 results published on 21 September 2016.

The University of Cape Town is picketing at Parliament today. At the heart of the picket is our plea to Parliament to help us find a solution to the ongoing unrest but also, more fundamentally, the ongoing funding issue in higher education.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will next month during the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) announce how National Treasury will fund the university fees shortfall.

Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training, Connie September, has welcomed the waiver on fee increases for poor students and the category of students described as “missing middle”.

A number of universities have already closed after announcements that fees will most likely increase next year.

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande announced his recommendations for the 2017 fee structure in higher learning institutions.

Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr. BE Nzimande's statement on Government's 2017 fee support to students from poor, working and middle class families.

Government has condemned the resurgence of violent protests in some institutions of higher learning over student fees.

In an attempt to curb high drop out rates more institutions offer orientation programmes to help students adjust to varsity life.

The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education has welcomed the initiative taken by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande to address the challenge of university fees for 2017.

The Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training will this week hold hearings about university fees for students.

Successful South African start-up helps pave the way for others in the field.

Students and academic staff from six international universities gathered at UCT this July for a unique competition with the potential to drive change in the financial services industry.

Beneficiaries of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), who are now working, are being urged to come forward and make arrangements to repay their loans.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is working together with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to help track down former students who fail to make repayments for NSFAS loans.

The University of Cape Town has launched its first management diploma specialising in business communication as part of its transformative role in fast-tracking graduates into managers.

Metropolitan Health and Stellenbosch University believe in the power of partnerships. Leaders in their respective sectors, they are joining forces to nurture the talent and leadership essential for transforming South African healthcare.

A group of students calling themselves the "Defenders of Fort Hare University" emerged at the Alice campus of the university and has vowed to protect the institution's reputation and infrastructure on the eve of the much-anticipated centenary celebrations taking place there on Friday.

Collaboration between UJ and The Direct Selling Industry delivers outstanding results and curbs graduate unemployment.

Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban for the great academic achievements and infrastructure development.

The recent students’ protests have resulted in property damage to universities amounting to R300 million.

The University of Mpumalanga will become an instrument of progress and a beacon of hope, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the first Chancellor of the university.


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