Quality and Quality assurance have become important themes in higher education research over the past few decades.
The higher education sector in South Africa is divided into public and private higher education institutions (PHEIs). Public higher education universities are state funded where as private higher education institutions receive no funding from the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).
Dr Coughlan states that “Private institutions are legally not allowed to call themselves private universities, but people are beginning to understand that both public universities and private institutions are subject to the same oversight, regulation and accreditation, which means you will be getting the same quality education, regardless of whether you opt for a state funded university or a private higher education institution.”
Faced with an increase in choice, it is natural for young people to be anxious about their decision – should I go to a public university, or should I opt for a private higher education institution? A massive part of this concern, is whether the qualification you receive after 3 or 4 years of study, will be respected in the world of work, whether it will position you well to land your first job, and whether it will help you build the career of your dreams.
Ultimately, you have to make an informed decision based on your personal vision and circumstances, and you should not blindly follow a direction just because everyone else is going that route, or because you think that’s the way to go.
Aspects to consider when reviewing higher education institutions:
Most importantly, your institution must be registered and accredited. South Africa has a single quality assurance system and one National Qualifications Framework, which means that any institution offering a registered and accredited qualification – whether public university or private – is offering a qualification of equal standing.
Real Industry Exposure
Exposure to your field of interest is important and it provides a real perspective of what you may anticipate for your chosen career. This is possible due to the smaller number of students of a private institutions campus.
The world of work has changed dramatically over the past decade, and the economic climate is tough. That means prospective students should make sure that their qualification and their choice of institution is well respected by employers and in the market. Generic 3-year degrees with no practical experience do not provide a strong competitive advantage after graduation.
This means that young people should interrogate their institution about the following: curriculum, industry relationships, lecturer activity in the industry, and practical experience that form part of the studies.
Smaller Campuses and Classes Improving Access to Staff
Student numbers in a private institution are generally more manageable than that of a public university. This automatically provides easy access to staff members, possible one on one lecturer sessions and more support structures.
Because its Private Students Are Customers
As private higher education institutions receive no state subsidies, they are reliant on student fees, which means students are treated as customers and generally receive good service. If they do not offer value for money and a credible, quality educational offering, they face having to close their doors.
Many private institutions offer niche qualifications ( Unique qualifications) that are not available elsewhere and equip students for emerging careers such as game development.
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