St Augustine College of South Africa

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St Augustine College of South Africa is a private Catholic University.[1] Since its founding, it has been based in the Johannesburg suburb of Victory Park.


Opened in July 1999, the university is named for St Augustine of Hippo, one of the earliest and greatest Christian scholars of Africa, indicating the University’s African identity. The Rev. Dr. Michael van Heerden, a Catholic priest, has been University President since 2008, succeeding the founding President, Sister Edith Raidt, of Schoenstatt.[2]

St Augustine College has been structured into three schools: the School of Theology, the School of Humanities and Education, and the School of Commerce, Philosophy, and Applied Ethics. It offers B.A., B.Com (PPE) and B.Th. undergraduate degrees, an Honours B.Ed., five Master of Philosophy degrees, and Doctorates in Philosophy and Theology.[1] It also offers a range of short courses in ethics, politics, philosophy, and theology, certificate programmes, and various other postgraduate qualifications. All programmes are fully accredited and registered by the National Department of Education.[2]

Current status[edit]

A new president was appointed for the university in August 2013. The American Religious Sister, Magdalene (Madge) Karecki, S.S.J.-T.O.S.F., a long-term resident of South Africa, will assume the presidency as of November 2013.[3]

In September 2013, however, President van Heerden made the announcement that the overwhelming debts of the university necessitated its re-structuring and the sale of its campus. As a consequence, as of 2014 the focus of the university will be on postgraduate studies, until such time that accommodations can be found for undergraduate students.[4]


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External links and references[edit]


  1. ^ "St Augustine University of South Africa". The Official Catholic Archdiocese of Johannesburg Directory 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sr. Madge named college president". Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis. 
  3. ^ "News: Appointment of New President". St Augustine. 
  4. ^ "News: Undergraduate Programme held in Abeyance". St Augustine.