Higher Education in South Africa Data 2011

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September, 2013

The South African higher education system includes 23 public higher education institutions:

  • 11 universities
  • 6 comprehensive universities
  • 6 universities of technology
  • 2 to be created

As of 20 June 2013, there were also 83 registered and 32 provisionally registered private higher education institutions.*

In 2011**:

  • the public higher education institutions employed 49 983 academic staff and 131 600 staff
  • in total
  • the public higher education institutions enrolled:
    • 938 200 students in total
    • 766 626 undergraduate students
    • 148 035 postgraduate students
  • the public higher education institutions awarded:
    • 160 624 qualifications at all levels
    • 288 487 qualifications in business and commerce
    • 264 447 qualifications in science and technology
    • 385 266 qualifications in the human and social sciences
  • the public higher education institutions produced:
    • 9 699 master's degrees
    • 1 587 doctoral degrees

The DHET confirmed that there will be two new higher education institutions created.

*These figures for the private higher education institutions were obtained from the “Register of Private
Higher Education Institutions” produced by the Department of Higher Education and Training on 03 January
2012.

**This information is collected from higher education institutions during and at the end of each academic
year. Once it has been collected, it is verified and audited and discrepancies are resolved. For this reason,
the audited figures for 2012 will only become available in the second half of 2013.