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What is a University?

A University is an institution for learning of the highest level. Universities offer degree and diploma courses in a range of academic areas in specialised fields (such as social sciences, engineering, law, education medicine, theology, economics and management sciences among others). Most courses take a minimum of 3 years to complete and some careers (such as psychologist and teaching) may require a further post graduate degree or diploma. Because of the limited places for all courses, matric results and specific subject requirements are used as entrance requirements. Hence carefully choosing your subjects for Grade 10 is an essential first step towards meeting the entrance requirements for your specific degree course after matric.

University training consists of mainly academic training in a specialised field, whereas a University of Technology incorporates significant practical training. Professional careers such as medicine (Doctor), engineering, physiotherapy and the like are offered at universities because of the high degree of specific knowledge needed in these careers.

Stellenbosch University:

Stellenbosch University (SU) is home to an academic community of 29 000 students (including 4 000 foreign students from 100 countries) as well as 3 000 permanent staff members (including 1 000 academics) on five campuses. ​The historical oak-lined university town amongst the Boland Mountains in the winelands of the Western Cape creates a unique campus atmosphere, which attracts local and foreign students alike. On the main campus, paved walkways wind between campus buildings – some dating from previous centuries; others just a few years old.

Architecture from various eras attests to the sound academic foundation and establishment of an institution of excellence. This, together with the scenic beauty of the area; state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities and technology, as well as visionary thinking about the creation of a sustainable 21st-century institution, makes for the unique character of Stellenbosch University.

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University of Cape Town:

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College making it the oldest higher education institute in South Africa.

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University of the Western Cape:

The University of the Western Cape is a national university, alert to its African and international context as it strives to be a place of quality, a place to grow. It is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research, to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa, and to responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society in transition.

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Cape Peninsula University of Technology

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology was established on 1 January 2005, when the Cape Technikon and Peninsula Technikon merged. This merger was part of a national transformation process that transformed the higher education landscape in South Africa.

Today, this institution is the only university of technology in the Western Cape and is the largest university in the region, boasting more than 30 000 students, several campuses and service points and more than 70 programmes.

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Distance Learning Universities


As Africa’s leading open distance learning institution, we offer internationally accredited qualifications and have world-class resources that inspire learners to create meaningful futures on their own terms. We are the African University shaping futures in the service of humanity.

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