Nzimande: New universities to open in 2014

2012-08-23 21:23

Cape Town - The two new universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape will start operations from early 2014, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said on Thursday.

"We remain committed to developing the new universities in the shortest possible time and to commence with some academic programmes in 2014," he told reporters in Cape Town.

The university in Mpumalanga will be based at the Lowveld Agricultural College, and the one in the Northern Cape in Kimberley.

Nzimande said work would soon begin on fleshing out "the potential academic focus" of the universities, and on planning their actual construction.

He declined to make public the funding model for the new institutions, pending a final decision from National Treasury.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-23 21:47

    Oh, woooooonderful!!! Give the "students" something else to burn and destroy!! It seems they would rather demolish the university than drop out...

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-23 22:38 What are the odds that the new universities will be treated any differently??

  • sikhumbuzok - 2012-08-24 00:57

    Lord gave us all. Negativity has reached epic proportions. Its operation criticize everything by our pale skinned compatriots. If the universities were cancelled it wud b criticisms galore. On no they r going ahead lets find something to criticize.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-24 01:25

    Northern Cape great.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-08-24 06:06

    Higher education? what about basic education?

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-08-24 06:50

    This is good news for learners in those provinces, however a concern I have is where are tutors coming from. Presently we have a major shortage of properly qualified teachers in the schools and more so in the higher education system. Are they going to employ lower standard educators at these institutions and allow for pass rates which are unacceptable elsewhere in the world.

  • sarel.brits - 2012-08-24 07:55

    Yes great! Just wat we need 2 new stops for the Gravy train in Mpumalanga and the North Cape, Tenderpreneur's will be licking their lips! 1, Who are going to man these institutions and what are we going to teach we need Engineers and Mathematicians not half baked political science, art and B-Com degrees unless we want to make bead work and curios our major export like the rest of Africa. 2, How are we going to stop the student unions from trashing the place \usually just before final exam time\? 3, Who are we going to admit to these institutions when kids are coming out of the foundation phase of primary school without being able to read? Surly more teacher colleges that are centres of excellence when measured against the world would be a better foundation for our country.

  • Klaus - 2012-08-24 10:33

    Nzimande: With all those potential university educated "Managers" who is going to do actual work - we need Qualified Crafts man & woman, we have far to many "educated idiots" And forget about 4 week courses !

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