Here Are The Courses To Be Offered At SA's Two New Universities

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Work is underway to establish two new universities in South Africa. The courses that could be offered at the new institutions has been revealed. 

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During the 2020 State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the establishment of two new universities in South Africa.

The University of Policing and Crime Detection and the University of Science and Innovation represent significant progress in addressing key educational and societal needs.

The establishment of these new universities represents a significant step forward in addressing key educational and societal needs in South Africa. These institutions aim to address critical needs in the country's educational landscape, with one focusing on Science and Innovation in Ekurhuleni and the other on Policing and Crime Detection in Hammanskraal.

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), following the announcement, initiated a comprehensive feasibility study in two phases to assess the viability of these institutions. 

This first phase was completed in September 2022, laying the groundwork for further development. Phase 1 focused on defining the Vision, Mission, and Academic Mandate of the new institutions, planning for growth and governance structures, and assessing site suitability and financial implications. It also outlined proposed academic programs and qualifications.

Key Findings - University of Policing and Crime Detection 

Key findings for the University of Policing and Crime Detection included an ideal site in Hammanskraal and a proposed qualification mix. Financial projections indicated initial deficits, requiring ad hoc grant funding. The institution was advised to be named a University rather than a Higher Education College.

Courses The University Could Offer 

NQF level 

Qualification type 

Higher Certificate in Police Science/ Police Studies/ Policing 

Advanced Certificate in Police Science/ Police Studies/ Policing 

Diploma in Police Science/ Police Studies/ Policing 


Bachelor of Police Science/ Police Studies/ Policing 

Postgraduate Diploma in Police Science/ Police Studies/ Policing* 

Master of Police Science/ Police Studies/ Policing (Coursework)* 


Doctor of Philosophy in Police Science/ Police Studies/ 

Key Findings - University of Science and Innovation

The University of Science and Innovation is slated to offer programmes in various fields, with similar financial projections and sustainability challenges. Students can expect to pursue studies in the field of green energy technologies, technology-driven agro-processing, aerospace engineering, artificial intelligence and more.

Courses The University Could Offer 

NQF level



Higher Certificate Green-energy Technologies 

Higher Certificate Technology-driven Agro-Processing 

National Diploma in Tech-driven Smart Transport & Logistics 

Advanced Diploma in Air Traffic Control 

Advanced Diploma in Aeronautical Information Management 


Advanced Diploma Tech-driven Smart Transport & Logistics 

Batchelor Degree in ICT 


Bachelor of Science in Engineering  Technology Aerospace, Aeronautical & Astro. Eng 

Bachelor of Science in Engineering  SMART Manufacturing 


Post Graduate Diploma in SMART Manufacturing 


Post Graduate Diploma in Artificial Intelligence 


Post Graduate Diploma in Air Traffic Management 


Masters In Engineering in SMART Manufacturing 

Masters In Engineering in Artificial Intelligence 


Masters In Engineering in Aerospace, Aeronautical & Astro. Eng. 

Phase 2 will focus on finalising programme structures, securing funding, establishing governance structures, and finalising site development plans.

Ongoing developments include progress reports to the Cabinet, finalisation of concept designs, and the development of a work plan for project implementation. Financing remains a challenge, but through planning and collaboration, these institutions aim to advance science, technology, and public safety in South Africa.

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