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Higher Education System in South Africa

The Higher Education System in South Africa

South Africa’s education system has re-developed its focus toward helping graduates achieve a global, multicultural competitiveness – in some ways, a natural result of South Africa’s diverse population. With a current drive to boost their infrastructure, South African universities are also playing a greater role in the country’s development, addressing the fundamental needs of South Africans: maximizing innovation, reducing poverty, and creating jobs. Simultaneously, South African schools are seeking solutions to international problems such as climate change, achieved through teaching, research, and community outreach.

Most students of higher education in South Africa study at one of the many public universities in the country. Public universities offer a variety of qualifications including diplomas, national certificates, undergraduate, and postgraduate degrees. Since the mid-1990s, public universities in South Africa have doubled in number of students.

South Africa is an ideal place to study the challenges of developing countries and of Africa itself. Education courses of study in South Africa often charge lower fees than many developed nations for excellent qualifications. In addition, students enrolled in education programmes in South Africa have the unique opportunity to collaborate with internationally-recognized local scholars in their fields of specialty.

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Last update: 07 May 2018

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