South African Universities

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

Public universities in South Africa are split into 3 types-
  • 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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Traditional Universities in South Africa

  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Fort Hare
  • University of the Free State
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • University of Limpopo
  • North-West University
  • University of Pretoria
  • Rhodes University
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • University of the Western Cape
  • University of the Witwatersrand

Comprehensive Universities in South Africa

  • University of Johannesburg
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • University of South Africa
  • University of Venda
  • Walter Sisulu University
  • University of Zululand

Universities of Technology in South Africa

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • Vaal University of Technology

Private Universities and Colleges in South Africa

This list serves as the official government National Register of Private FET Colleges.

Following are the Private Universities and Colleges in South Africa-
  • AFDA, The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance
  • Auckland Park Theological Seminary
  • Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa
  • Boston City Campus and Business College
  • Cornerstone Institute
  • CTI Education Group
  • Damelin
  • Doxa Deo School of Divinity
  • George Whitefield College
  • IMM Graduate School of Marketing
  • Inscape Design College
  • Management College of Southern Africa
  • Midrand Graduate Institute
  • Milpark Business School
  • Oval Education International
  • Qualitas Career Academy
  • Monash South Africa
  • Regenesys Business School
  • South African Theological Seminary
  • St Augustine College of South Africa
  • Stenden University South Africa
  • Varsity College
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