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.

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

Mandela Day, which coincides with the late President Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July every year, presents us with an opportunity to reflect on how we help each other to get on in life.

The QS University Rankings: BRICS published on Top Universities compares the Top 400 institutions in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, five major emerging national economies.

The UCT Faculty of Commerce is the only institution on the African continent to make the prestigious Eduniversal Masters ranking for 2014/2015.

Students at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), in Soshanguve, say the visit by President Jacob Zuma has showed that government cares and that the current problems they have would be addressed.

President Jacob Zuma will undertake a Siyahlola Monitoring visit to Tshwane University of Technology, (TUT) in Soshanguve on Tuesday, 23 June 2015, to assess the effectiveness of government interventions aimed at supporting youth to acquire higher and post-school education and skills.

A commitment to increase access to education for young children in marginalised communities in South Africa has earned Lebo Sekhotla – a third year student at Monash South Africa (MSA) – global recognition for her work

Five South African universities, which were previously under-resourced, have received a R30 million boost for health research.

While universities do hold a degree of prestige in the marketplace not everyone is guaranteed to benefit from these institutions.

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande says transformation in institutions of higher learning will be his main focus in the current financial year.

Graduates from the North-West University have been encouraged to contribute positively to the development of the country by Director General in the Presidency and Secretary of Cabinet, Dr Cassius Lubisi.

The last 10 years has seen mobility effectively sweep away the digital divide, ensuring that previously unreachable rural areas now have digital access and connectivity.

Cabinet has welcomed the launch of the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU), saying it provides an excellent opportunity for the development of health professionals.

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande today met with the leadership of the four former Afrikaans only universities as part of a process of cluster engagement on transformation within the higher education sector.

President Jacob Zuma has launched a new health science university envisaged to be ranked amongst the best in the world.

Wits University and Shell SA have teamed up to address the significant skills shortage in the geophysics and petroleum engineering fields, and other key sectors that drive development on the continent.

Shortage of institutions of higher learning took centre stage when Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown interacted with the youth of Springbok in the Northern Cape as part of government's Imbizo Focus Week.

The Initial Test of Competence examinations yielded an excellent pass rate for all candidates of 76%.

Kegaugetswe Pinky Motsomi, graduate of tertiary institution, Monash South Africa, is a firm believer in her personal ethos that where a person comes from does not necessarily define where they are going.

Two universities have formed a partnership to further research, teaching and learning, post-graduate studies and community engagement.

Progress on the construction of Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley will come under the spotlight when Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana visits the site.

R840 million will be allocated to historically disadvantaged institutions (HDIs) from the development grant over the next two financial years.

A new postgraduate diploma in Public Sector Accounting addresses crucial financial skills shortages in the public sector – the first accounting programme of its kind in South Africa.

Wits University, together with the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) has received official endorsement from the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) for the further development of the Tshimologong Precinct.

The UCT College of Accounting has developed an innovative – and free – teaching platform geared to help thousands of students across South Africa master complex accounting and business principles.


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