An overview of the South African Higher Education System
The South African higher education system includes 23 public higher education institutions:
As of 03 January 2012, there were also 88 registered and 27 provisionally registered private higher education institutions.*
The CHE conducted a survey at the end of 2010 to obtain amongst other information the headcount enrolments at private providers. A total of 94 private providers responded to the survey.
*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 2011 will only become available in the second half of 2012.
***Please note that not all the private providers provided headcounts. This number should purely be seen as indicative.