List of universities in South Africa
This is a list of universities in South Africa. For the purposes of this list, colleges and universities are defined as accredited, degree-granting, post-secondary institutions. In 2004 South Africa started reforming its higher education system, merging and incorporating small universities into larger institutions, and renaming all higher education institutions "university" (previously there had been several types of higher education institution). The country's universities and "technikons" which were incorporated with others and thus no longer exist are listed at the end of the article.
There are also a large number of other educational institutions in South Africa - some are local campuses of foreign universities, some conduct classes for students who write their exams at the distance-education University of South Africa and some offer unaccredited or non-accredited diplomas. Universities and colleges are accredited by the Council on Higher Education.
Two new universities launched in 2013, Sol Plaatje University and the University of Mpumalanga. They are tentatively classified in the universities of technology category, pending clarification of their programs.
Public universities in South Africa are divided into three types: traditional universities, which offer theoretically-oriented university degrees; universities of technology ("technikons"), which offer vocational oriented diplomas and degrees; and comprehensive universities, which offer a combination of both types of qualification.
|University of Cape Town||Ikeys / UCT||1 October 1829||2 April 1918||18,421||10,653||29,074||Cape Town||Eng|
|University of Fort Hare||UFH||1916||9,074||2,000||11,074||Alice, East London, Bhisho||Eng|
|University of the Free State||Kovsies / UFS||28 January 1904||1950||21,193||5,082||26,275||Bloemfontein, QwaQwa||Eng Afr|
|University of KwaZulu-Natal||UKZN / Natal||1 January 20041||1 January 2004||24,897||3,807||37,850||Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Pinetown, Westville||Eng|
|University of Limpopo||Turfloop||1 January 20051||1 January 2005||17,273||3,327||20,600||Polokwane, Turfloop||Eng|
|North-West University||NWU / Pukke / Potch||1 January 20041||1 January 2004||43,596||3,235||44,008||Mafikeng, Mankwe, Potchefstroom, Vanderbijlpark||Eng Afr Setswana|
|University of Pretoria||Tuks / Tukkies / UP||4 March 1908||10 October 1930||28,450||10,484||38,934||Pretoria, Johannesburg2||Eng Afr|
|Rhodes University||Rhodes / RU||31 May 1904||10 March 1951||5,456||1,127||6,700||Grahamstown||Eng|
|Sefako Makgatho University3||SMU||16 May 2014||16 May 2014||Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria||Eng|
|University of Stellenbosch||Maties, Stellies||1866||2 April 1918||17,970 ||9,853||27,823||Stellenbosch, Saldanha Bay, Bellville, Tygerberg||Eng Afr|
|University of the Western Cape||UWC / Bush / U Dubs||1959||1970||11,836||3,390||15,226||Bellville (Cape Town)||Eng|
|University of the Witwatersrand||Wits, Witsies||1896||1922||24 621||13 234||38 353||Johannesburg||Eng|
Note1: By merger of existing institutions
University of South Africa (Unisa)
|University of Johannesburg||UJ||1 January 20051 (1967 as RAU, Technikon Witwatersrand and the East Rand campus of Vista University)||48,000||Johannesburg, Soweto||Eng|
|Nelson Mandela University||Madibaz / NMMU||1 January 20052 (1964 as UPE)||19,768||2,884||22,652||Port Elizabeth, George||Eng|
|University of South Africa||Unisa||1873 (UCGH)||300,000||Distance education, headquartered in Pretoria, campuses and regional offices nationwide||Eng|
|University of Venda||Univen||1982||10,968||Thohoyandou||Eng|
|Walter Sisulu University||WSU||1977 (Unitra)||East London, Butterworth, Mthatha, Queenstown||Eng|
|University of Zululand||UniZulu||1960||6,456||369||6,825||Empangeni||Eng|
Note1: By merger of existing institutions
Note2: By merger of existing institutions
Universities of technology
|Institution||Nickname||Founded||University status||Undergrad||Postgrad||Total (2011)||Location(s)||Medium|
|Cape Peninsula University of Technology||CPUT||20051||2005||32,000||Bellville, Cape Town||Eng|
|Central University of Technology||CUT||1981||9,933||Bloemfontein, Welkom||Eng|
|Durban University of Technology||DUT||20021||2002||23,000||Durban, Pietermaritzburg||Eng|
|Mangosuthu University of Technology||MUT||1979||2007||Umlazi||Eng|
|University of Mpumalanga||2013||2013||Mbombela||Eng|
|Sol Plaatje University||2013||2013||Kimberley, Northern Cape||Eng|
|Tshwane University of Technology||TUT||20031||2003||60,000||Pretoria, Mbombela, Polokwane, Ga-Rankuwa, Soshanguve, Witbank||Eng|
|Vaal University of Technology||VUT||1966||2003||17,000||Vanderbijlpark, Secunda, Kempton Park, Klerksdorp, Upington||Eng|
Note1: By merger of existing institutions
Private universities and colleges
This list serves as the official government National Register of Private FET Colleges.
|AFDA, The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance||AFDA||1994||Film school||Johannesburg||Eng|
|Artisan Training Instituter||ATI||1982||430||Artisan training in Engineering trades||Johannesburg||Eng|
|Akademia||2011||500||Private higher education institution||Centurion (Study centres: Bellville, Boksburg, Pretoria, Krugersdorp, Somerset West and Vanderbijlpark)||Afr|
|Akademie Reformatoriese Opleiding en Studies||Aros||2003||800||Private higher education institution||Pretoria||Afr|
|Boston City Campus and Business College||1992||Eng|
Sport and fitness college
|eta||1983||Sport and Fitness College||Pretoria, Cape Town, George, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Stellenbosch, Durban||Eng|
|Cornerstone Institute||1970||Private Higher Education||Cape Town (Learning Communities: Johannesburg, Hatfield, Mbombela, Witbank, Eastern Cape, Hermanus, Helderberg, Plettenberg Bay, George)||Eng|
|Centurion Akademie / Academy||2000||Private Higher Education||Centurion, Klerksdorp, Bellville, Witbank, Rustenburg||Afr Eng|
|CTI Education Group||1979||College||South Africa||Eng|
|CTU Training Solutions||CTU||1987||Private tertiary college. Full-time, Part-time & Corporate||Auckland Park, Boksburg, Roodepoort, Sandton, Vereeniging, Pretoria (Higher Education), Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Mbombela, Polokwane, Bloemfontein, Potchefstroom||Eng|
|Damelin||1943||100,000||Private College||Durban, Johannesburg, Cape town, Pretoria, Pietermaritzburg, East London, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth||Eng|
|Helderberg College||HBC||1928||Private Higher Education||Somerset West||Eng|
|Foundation for Professional Development||FPD||1997||400 000||Private Higher Education Institution, School of Health Sciences. Campus-based and Correspondence||Pretoria||English|
|IMM Graduate School of Marketing||1948||Marketing school||Johannesburg||Eng|
|Inscape Design College||Design college||Johannesburg||Eng|
|Management College of Southern Africa||1995||College||Durban||Eng|
|Midrand Graduate Institute||MGI||1989||Private Higher Education||Midrand||Eng|
|Milpark Business School||1997||Private Higher Education||Primarily distance education (campuses: Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town)||Eng|
|Monash South Africa||Monash||2001||Private Higher Education||Johannesburg||Eng|
|Oval Education International||Oval Campus||1989||Private Higher Education||Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg, Limpopo||Eng|
|Qualitas Career Academy||2008||Private college. Full-time, part-time & corporate.||Bloemfontein, George, Kimberley, Newcastle, Table View, Vanderbijlpark||Eng|
|Red & Yellow School||Red & Yellow School||1994||Private College||Cape Town, Johannesburg||Eng|
|New World Mission Dunamis International University||NWMDIU 1984 distance learning||Regenesys Business School||Regenesys||1997||Eng|
|Rosebank College||Rosebank College||1968||Private College||Braamfontein, Pretoria Sunnyside, Pretoria CBD, Polokwane, Durban||Eng|
|South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP)||SACAP||1997||Private Institution||Cape Town, Johannesburg, Online||Eng|
|South African Institute for Heritage Science and Conservation||SAIHSC||1994||Private, Postgraduate Institution||Twee Riviere, Eastern Cape||Eng|
|Southern Business School||1996||Business school||Distance Education||Eng|
|St Augustine College of South Africa||July 1999||College||Johannesburg||Eng|
|Stenden University South Africa2||Stenden||10 April 2002||Hospitality School||Port Alfred||Eng|
|The Design School Southern Africa||1990||Private Higher Education||Durban, Pretoria, Johannesburg||Eng|
|The Open Window||OW||1989||±800||Communication Design, Film and Animation school.||Pretoria||Eng|
|UniCollege West Rand||2013||Private College, Business School||Monument, Krugersdorp||Eng|
|Varsity College||1993||16,900||Private College||Cape Town, Durban (North and West), Pretoria, Johannesburg (Midrand and Sandton), Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth||Eng|
|Vega||1998||Private College||Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Johannesburg||Eng|
1In addition offers degrees by Regent University, United States of America
2Campus of Stenden University, The Netherlands
|Afrikaanse Protestantse Akademie||APA||1987||Theological seminary||Pretoria, Germiston||Afr|
|Auckland Park Theological Seminary||ATS||Theological seminary||Johannesburg||Eng|
|Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa||1951||Theological seminary||Johannesburg||Eng|
|Cape Town Baptist Seminary||CTBS||1976||Theological seminary||Cape Town||Eng|
|Doxa Deo School of Divinity||Theological seminary||Eng|
|George Whitefield College||1989||Theological seminary||Cape Town||Eng|
|South African Theological Seminary||1996||Theological seminary||Johannesburg||Eng|
League tables of South African universities are largely based on international university rankings, because there have not as yet been published any specifically South African rankings.
University research collaboratives
- Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC)
- Foundation of Tertiary Institutions of the Northern Metropolis (FOTIM)
- Higher Education South Africa (HESA)
- Southern Education and Research Alliance (SERA)
- Ranking of South African universities
- List of colleges and universities by country
- List of colleges and universities in south Africa before 1976
- List of post secondary institutions in South Africa
- List of South African universities by endowment
- List of South African university chancellors and vice-chancellors
- List of medical schools in South Africa
- List of law schools in South Africa
- List of business schools in South Africa
- List of architecture schools in South Africa
- Open access in South Africa
- Higher Education South Africa
- Academic boycotts of South Africa (historical Apartheid-era)
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