Final announcement - Quality Promotion Conference 2019
Monday, January 14, 2019

Final announcement - Quality Promotion Conference 2019,

Statement by the Minister of Higher Education and Training on the call to scrap registration fees,...
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Minsiter has expressed concerns on the call to scrap registration fees, encourage walk-ins at universities,

Office Closure
Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Council on Higher Education wishes to inform all stakeholders that the CHE office will be closed for the festive

CHE > Media and Publications > Accreditation and National Reviews > CESM: Classification of Educational Subject Matter
August, 2008


HEMIS and the classification of educational subject matter

The Department of Education is responsible for a higher education management information system (HEMIS) which plays a central role in the collection and production of data required for quality assurance, national and institutional higher education planning, and the allocation of government funds to higher education institutions. To fulfil its responsibilities, HEMIS requires higher education institutions to submit annual data returns, which include details of:

  • their approved qualifications and fields of study;
  • the courses offered within their academic programmes;
  • the courses for which each student is registered;
  • the fields in which each academic/research staff member is active.

This list shows that the notions of “fields of study” and “courses” play central roles in the collection of these data from higher education institutions. As institutions often use unique titles for their offerings, the data collected by HEMIS cannot be based on institutional descriptions of their fields of study and courses. The Department of Education has required higher education institutions to classify the subject matter embedded in their fields of study and courses in standard ways, before submitting their HEMIS annual data returns.


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