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CHE > Media and Publications > Monitoring and Evaluation > Higher Education in South Africa Data 2008
December, 2008

The South African higher education system includes 23 public higher education institutions:

  • 11 universities
  • 6 comprehensive universities
  • 6 universities of technology

As of 15 October 2010, there were also 84 registered and 25 provisionally registered private higher education institutions.*

In 2008**:

  • the public higher education institutions employed 41 738 academic staff and 116 113 staff in total
  • the public higher education institutions enrolled:
    • 799 490 students in total
    • 653 398 undergraduate students
    • 118 622 postgraduate students
  • the public higher education institutions awarded:
    • 133 241 qualifications at all levels
    • 31 872 qualifications in business and commerce
    • 37 772 qualifications in science and technology
    • 63 525 qualifications in the human and social sciences
  • the public higher education institutions produced:
    • 7 514 master's degrees
    • 1 182 doctoral degrees

*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 2 February 2010. **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 2009 will only become available in the second half of 2010.

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