The right to education is enshrined in the United Nations charter.This therefore means that all South Africans have the right to a basic education, including adult basic education and further education. With regards to higher education, the need for this level of education has intensified in South Africa in the face of an extremely competitive job market and a national unemployment rate of about 25%.The kind of university one goes to in this age is therefore significant in providing the needed skills and adding credibility to ones professional profile. Below are arguably the top ten best universities in South Africa.
Stellenbosch University – Located in the quite peaceful town of Stellenbosch, the Stellenbosch University which was established in the 17th century is the number 1 university in South Africa and rightfully so holds position number 400 globally with regards to academic excellence, research, innovation and study environment. A healthy ten percent of its postgraduates are international which provides for a perfect intercultural mix.The quite environment around the Jonkershiek Valley in the heart of the Western Cape Winelands provides for a perfect learning environment.
University of Cape Town – Occupying position number 456 of the best universities in the world is the highly esteemed University of Capetown. With a rich tradition of academic excellence and effecting social change and development that dates back to 1829, this institution stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to pioneering scholarships. Enjoying close proximity and located at the foot of Table Mountains Devils Peak with panoramic views of much of Cape Town, UCT as it is popularly known is a premier learning institution.
University of Pretoria – Located in the capital city of the country, this education institution was established in 1908 with limited lecturers and courses but developed into a fully fledged university in 1930. Also known as Tuks, this university can be counted on for quality education standards and a conducive learning environment.
University of the Witwatersrand – University of the Witwatersrand or Wits has unparalleled superiority when it comes to research and academic excellence.This reputation is better demonstrated by the fact that Wits is one of only two universities in Africa ranked in two separate international rankings as a leading institution in the world and is the only university in the country that features in the top 1% in the world in defined fields of research according to the 2007 ISI international rankings. Being located in the heart of Johannesburg provides graduating students with the much-needed career opportunities.
University of Kwazulu Natal – In the heart of the traditionally rich province of Kwazulu Natal is where you find this university. Established in 2004 as a result of a merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal, this university is positioned to propel anyone to higher levels of success with quality education.
University of South Africa -The University of South Africa prides itself in being the largest university in Africa that accommodates one-third of all higher education students in the entire South Africa with an approximate student population of 300,000. UNISA also has a reputable, comprehensive, flexible and accessible open distance learning institution with accredited qualifications.
Rhodes University – Located in Grahamstown and with a history that dates back 104 years, Rhodes is reasonably small but boasts of having the best undergraduate pass and graduation rates in South Africa, outstanding postgraduate success rates and the best research output per academic staff member.
University of the Western Cape -This university was established in 1960 specifically to service the coloured community. Located in Bellville suburb of Cape Town, this institution has committed itself to helping the historically marginalised participate fully in the life of the nation.
University of Johannesburg -This is one of the best universities in Africa. UJ as it popularly known is one of the largest , multi campus, residential universities in South Africa and seeks to achieve the highest distinction in scholarship and research with 90 rated researches. Its programs are tailored to suit the South African and African market.
North West University – This university is located in the mineral rich province of Northwest. Established in 2004, it’s among the most diverse, best-managed and most innovative universities in South Africa. It offers students both undergraduate and postgraduate studies from agriculture, commerce, engineering, education, health, law, natural sciences and theology.
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