An overview of the South African Higher Education System
The South African higher education system includes 26 public higher education institutions:
As of 25 September 2015, there were also 124 Private Higher Education Institutions and 96 registered and provisionally registered**.
Of the 2008 cohort**** of first-time entering students (excluding UNISA) the following percentage graduated after 6 years:
The average full cost of study was estimated at R60 710 per student for the 2013 academic year from being R38 703 in 2008****. That is a 57% increase from 2008 to 2013.
The total research output for 2013 amounted to 14 008.67 units of which****
When considering field of study, research output (percentage) in 2013 was published in the following fields ****
* See the government gazette: http://www.dhet.gov.za/Gazette/38086_10-10_medunsa%20gazette.pdf
**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 15 September 2015; http://www.dhet.gov.za/SitePages/DocRegisters.aspx.
***Data for the Higher Education Management Information System (HEMIS) 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 2014 will only become available late in the second half of 2015.
**** See VitalStats 2013 for further details; http://www.che.ac.za/media_and_publications/monitoring-and-evaluation/vitalstats-public-higher-education-2013-0