R57 billion set aside for free higher education

22 February 2018 Government will spend R57 billion on free higher education over the next three years, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Wednesday. Tabling the 2018 Budget in Parliament, Minister Gigaba said there was a reallocation in the spending framework. “The largest reallocation of resources towards government’s priorities was on higher education and training, […]

Africa needs more women computer scientists. How to make it happen

Original article on city-press.news24.com | 17 March 2017 |Chao Charity Mbogo In Africa, a continent grappling with many social ills, it’s critical that universities produce more Computer Science graduates. It’s also one that equips students with crucial skills. Computer Science graduates are problem solvers and logical thinkers who can apply their technical expertise in a […]

Student fund scheme ‘on track’ despite hiccup

Original article on universityworldnews.com | 26 February 2017 | by Munyaradzi Makoni With a total budget of R15 billion (US$1.2 billion) for 2017, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme expects to fund “well over” 405,000 students at both universities and technical and vocational colleges this year. This is despite an admission that the system did not […]

South Africa: Additional R5 Billion to Fund Higher Education

Original article on allafrica.com |23 February 2017 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says a provision of R5 billion has been set aside to fund the higher education and training sector in 2019/20. The Minister said this when he tabled the 2017 Budget Speech in the National Assembly on Wednesday. “… In addition to the increases of […]

Travel ban could signal the start of brain drain

Original article on universityworldnews.com | by Matthew Hartley There’s a surprising winner in United States President Donald Trump’s travel ban for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries: research universities in China – and their counterparts in Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, Singapore and Mexico. The president and his advisors may not have taken American colleges and universities into […]


10 January 2016 | Press release provided by Eclipse Public Relations With 72.5% of matriculants passing their final examinations in 2016, increasing levels of unemployment, coupled with uncertainty regarding how many new students will be accepted into the country’s universities, 2017 is likely to be a tough year for young job-seekers desperate for employment opportunities. […]

Partnership to transform agricultural education

Original article on universityworldnews.com |14 November 2016 | by Munyaradzi Makoni A ground-breaking partnership between the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture or RUFORUM and The MasterCard Foundation is aiming to strengthen efforts to revamp the agriculture curriculum across Africa. It is seeking to transform agriculture into a vibrant sector linked to African universities […]

South African Students Leave for China to Attend Huawei ICT Training

Original article on allafrica.com | 8 November 2016 | by Ndumiso Mlilo  Ten South African university students are leaving for China on Friday for a two-week information and communication technology (ICT) training held by Huawei in Beijing. The study program “Seeds for the Future” is being bankrolled by the Chinese ICT giant, Huawei Technologies. This is […]

Deadline looms for NSFAS applications

Original article on skillsportal.co.za| 1 October 2016 | With less than just a month before the application period closes, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has called on Grade 12 learners to submit their applications for financial aid for 2017. NSFAS opened centralised applications for the 2017 academic year on 1 August 2016, inviting all […]