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R900m Earmarked For Student, Staff Development

Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor says R900 million will be earmarked each year to support the University Capacity Development Programme (UCDP).

R900m earmarked for student, staff development

“Universities apply for funding through this grant. The grant is a resource for seeding development/enhancing capacity and providing space for innovation and testing of ideas to support successful students, staff and institutions. It’s used to establish a number of partnerships or collaborations.

“One collaboration is the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education Programme. The programme started with assistance from the University of Johannesburg. It has three main focuses: entrepreneurial students, entrepreneurship in academia (curricula and staff capability) and entrepreneurial universities,” said Minister Pandor.

She was speaking at the Black Business Council roundtable on education and skills held in Johannesburg this week.

UCDP was launched in March 2017 and a student entrepreneurship week took place on all university campuses in the same year.

The programme is to be expanded this year to bring in all partners (including TVET and Community Education and Training colleges and SETAs) so that it incorporates the whole Post School Education and Training (PSET) system.


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