Africans top number of graduates

2009-11-27 00:00

AFRICANS made up the largest percentage of recipients of university degrees awarded in South Africa in 2007, with white students coming a close second.

The latest South Africa Survey of the SA Institute of Race Relations shows that of 77 981 degrees awarded in that year, 34 364 were African graduates. This equates to 44,1% of all the degree awards.

Their white counterparts made up 40,6% of all degrees, with Indian graduates accounting for 8,7% with 6 820 degrees and coloured graduates making up 6,3%.

Degrees in business, commerce and management sciences predominated in 2007, accounting for more than 19 000 degrees in these fields. Education followed with about 9 000, beating law, which had just over 4 000.

Health care and health sciences had 7 126 degrees awarded, while social sciences and engineering and engineering technology accounted for 7 126 degree awards and 4 389 respectively.

While Mangosuthu University of Technology had the lowest output that year, with no masters or doctoral degrees and only 56 bachelors and honours degrees, Unisa had the highest number of bachelors and honours degrees — more than 8 000.

The University of Pretoria had more than 1 000 master’s and doctoral degrees — the highest number.

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