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 Department of Higher Education is reeling from the R145m bill in damages to universities it is facing, after the 2015 student protests.

While progress has been made at most tertiary institutions, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande says he remains concerned about events at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of SA.

The office of the Free State Premier has welcomed the resumption of classes at the University of the Free State (UFS).

President Jacob Zuma has strongly condemned recent incidents of violence and the destruction of property on several campuses of universities.

The North West University Mafikeng Campus has been closed indefinitely following widespread fire damage to buildings on the campus.

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has called on the management of universities to take decisive action in the face of student protests, which has been tainted by acts of violence and vandalism.

The annual Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition contributes to critical national debates.

The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training has condemned violence during student housing protests at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

President Jacob Zuma is expected to officiate over the centenary celebrations of the University of Fort Hare in May, said the Presidency.

The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has obtained a court interdict against those protesting against the outsourcing of services at universities.

All students who have been offered a placement at a university and who qualify for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) can register without having to make an upfront payment, it has been announced.

Higher Education and Training Minister, Blade Nzimande, is expected to meet with university chancellors today to discuss the issues of fees and registrations at the country’s tertiary institutions.

Vice Chancellors from Gauteng universities have appealed to all in the university system to allow the 2016 academic year to get off to a good start.

The University of Pretoria says it will remain closed although online registrations continue.

President Jacob Zuma has established an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) to plan and coordinate the historic centenary celebrations of the University of Fort Hare.

Government are still discussing how to fully fund the nation's universities next year after the announcement that there will be no increase in fees. R2.3 billion is needed to cover the shortfall with the government expected to contribute R2bn and the universities to find the additional nearly R400million.

UCT Upstarts is igniting a ‘Student Start-up Nation’ by helping student-led startups launch their socially impactful ideas.

President Jacob Zuma says government recognises and supports the right of university students to protest and to voice their opinions and grievances.

The Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana, MP, visited the University of Mpumalanga (UMP) to monitor construction progress.

President Jacob Zuma will meet with the vice-chancellors of higher education institutions of the country at the Union Buildings.

Graduates can shape brilliant careers in Information Systems, says UCT.

Demands on financial and risk management professionals have increased in the wake of the financial crisis, requiring a more sophisticated response from training institutions and universities says UCT’s Obeid Mahomed.

The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training will this morning hold a meeting with the Stellenbosch University management following allegations of racism and violence at the institution.

The Stellenbosch University management is expected to appear in Parliament to table their transformation plans to the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training.

BankSeta will be investing R68-million into the capacity building project of the University of Venda (UNIVEN).


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