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OVERVIEW There are two universities and two universities of technology in KwaZulu-Natal, and the national distance university, the University of South Africa (Unisa), has a presence in five locations. USB Executive Development offers business courses for executives. UKZN has close to 40 000 students studying on five campuses in two cities. Greater Durban hosts Howard College, Berea (environment, engineering, law, humanities) and the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine at Congella. The UKZN administration and the Graduate School of Business are based at Westville (also science, engineering, health) whereas the Edgewood, Pinetown, campus focusses on education. The Pietermaritzburg campus offers a broad academic programme but its specialities are fine art, theology and agriculture. UKZN also hosts the National Research Foundation. The Durban University of Technology (DUT) has six faculties operating in seven campuses in Durban and the Midlands. DUT is well known for its outstanding graphic-design school and offers one of only two chiropractic programmes in South Africa. The University of Zululand offers diploma and degree courses on two campuses at Empangeni and Richards Bay.

Private There has been a strong trend in recent years towards the opening of private or independent schools, and not necessarily in the

very expensive bracket. Curro believes it will be running 200 schools in South Africa by 2020, double its current number. There are six Curro schools in KwaZulu-Natal. Curro’s purchase of Embury, the teacher-training college in Durban, launched the company’s entry into the tertiary sector. It is now planning to list its tertiary division on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). Advtech, the other big private company, already has 27 tertiary campuses nationally, in addition to its 78 schools operating under a variety of labels. Advtech operates 10 educational sites in KwaZuluNatal, including schools such as Crawford and Trinity House, a chefs’ school (Capsicum), three Varsity Colleges and the Design School for Southern Africa.

Training National and provincial government are investing heavily in training. Various provincial government departments awarded about R316million in support and bursaries for more then 5 000 students across the province in 2016. What for several years were known as Further Education and Training Colleges (FET) have now been re-branded as Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges. KwaZulu-Natal has nine such colleges with a total enrolment of about 80 000. Coastal KZN TVET College gives students practical experience through facilities such as the Nongalo Industrial Park, where school furniture is repaired and burglar bars and computer tables are made. The college has several sites on the South Coast and caters for 15 400 students. Majuba TVET College has a focus on engineering as the coal and steel industries are prominent in Newcastle. Some of their engineering students have done apprenticeships on Sibanye gold mines in Gauteng. The Mnambithi TVFET College is located in the Battlefields Route tourism area and offers National Diploma courses in tourism, among other qualifications.

CONTACT INFO Council of Higher Education: Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa: KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education: National Department of Basic Education: National Department of Higher Education and Training: National Research Foundation:



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