South African Higher Education Institutions
This is a list of universities in South Africa. For the purposes of this list, colleges and universities are defined as accredited, degree-granting, post-secondary institutions. In 2004 South Africa started reforming its higher education system, merging and incorporating small universities into larger institutions, and renaming all higher education institutions “university” (previously there had been several types of higher education institution). The country’s universities and “technikons” which were incorporated with others and thus no longer exist are listed at the end of the article.
There are also a large number of other educational institutions in South Africa – some are local campuses of foreign universities, some conduct classes for students who write their exams at the distance-education University of South Africa and some offer unaccredited or non-accredited diplomas. Universities and colleges are accredited by the Council on Higher Education.
Two new universities launched in 2013, Sol Plaatje University and the University of Mpumalanga. They are tentatively classified in the universities of technology category, pending clarification of their programs.
Public Universities in South Africa
Public universities in South Africa are divided into three types: traditional universities, which offer theoretically-oriented university degrees; universities of technology (“technikons“), which offer vocational oriented diplomas and degrees; and comprehensive universities, which offer a combination of both types of qualification
- Traditional Universities: These Universities provide theoretically-oriented university degree programmes.
- Universities of Technology (“Technikons”): These Universities provide vocational oriented diploma and degree programmes.
- Comprehensive Universities: These Universities provide a combination of both traditional Universities qualifications and Universities of Technology qualifications.
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