South Africa Plans to Open Two New Universities

South Africa Plans to Open Two New Universities

South Africa is planning on opening two new university that focus on areas the country is lacking in. Minister Blade Nzimande says that he aims for South Africans to gain the skill that they need to ensure the development of South Africa. The two university have already secured their locations. 

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Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, says that in the 2021/22 planning they are constructing a plan to open two new universities in South Africa. 

It is planned that the university of Science and Innovation will be in the Ekurhuleni Metro and the Detective Academy, will be in the North of Pretoria in Hammanskraal.

Nzimande tell BusinessTech that it will be a university of science and innovation. They will be focusing on subjects such as: 

  • Data Science
  • Machine-learning
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Blockchain
  • Robotics
  • Hydrogen-powered technologies including smart transportation and logistics systems.

The second university will be situated in Hammanskraal in northern Gauteng. This university will focus on criminal detection. 

Nzimade says that he hopes the second university will play a role in bettering the South African Police Service Investigation. 

 Nzimande explains: 

The department will in the coming year be conducting a comprehensive feasibility study to determine the nature and scope, as well as location of the new institutions...This will kick start the process for the establishment of the new universities over the planning period.

The plan for the new universities is scheduled to hopefully be approved by March of 2022. Nzmande says that they tend to focus on implementing their plan by 2023/24. 

Though their is no set plan on the building the new universities, it is said to be a stressful process as it means the expanding South Africa's university system. 

The Minister says:

The expansion of the public university system requires a careful and systematic enrolment planning process that is in line with available resources, capacity and funding, 

Nzimande says that he aims to ensure that the skills needed for the development of South Africa is secured. 

"In support of this initiative, the department will develop a Skills Strategy to support government’s efforts to mitigate the impact of Covid and the initiatives towards economic and social recovery" say Minister Nzimade. 

The main focus is for South African to gain, long-term and short-term skills that will strengthen the country.

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