Top Ten Private University in South Africa

South Africa has many prosperous public and private universities and they are one of the best in Africa when it comes to University education. South African has many universities and colleges out of which 35 of her university are private owned university. The beauty of South Africa private university is that most of them specialize in a particular discipline unlike many countries in Africa.

This article will focus on the top ten private university in South Africa and colleges in South Africa.  South Africa has many good universities out of which this article is limited to just the top ten. Here are the top ten private universities in South Africa.

Top Universities in South Africa

Damelin College

This college is owned by Education Investment Corporation Limited (Educor) group. The name of the college was gotten from Benjamin Damelin in 1943 and it has produced many great alumni. The college offers many degrees, diplomas, and other higher qualifications. However, because of the South Africa government restriction for tertiary institutions, Damelin has remained a college. The college has provisional accreditation with Umalusi, which is the highest possible accreditation obtainable with the particular ETQA. Before a school can be fit for training students in South Africa it must have accreditation from any of the 33 Education and Training Quality Assurance bodies (ETQAs).

Damelin offers academic program through different means which are; online, face-to-face and a flexible distance learning. The college has more than 19 campuses nationwide which are: Benoni, Pretoria City, Vaal, Cape Town City, and Port Elizabeth. Also, Damelin college has 15 faculties and schools through which it trains its students in many fields of specialization. The faculties include School of Information Technology, School of Banking and Insurance, and the Faculty of Creative Arts. Coding and Web Development.

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Varsity College

Varsity College was established in 1991 and it is registered under the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Having accreditation by the Council on Higher Education (CHE), Varsity college is proclaimed one of the best private university in South Africa. Meanwhile, the college is owned by the Independent Institute of Education (IIE), a South African private higher education provider.

Varsity College offers many undergraduate higher certificate certificates, diplomas, and degree, postgraduate degrees and short learning programs, which are available at IIE’s Business School, a division of Varsity College. The college focus on small lecture groups, interactive lectures, and modern technology in the educational space. The college delivers learning to students using the following means; full-time, part-time, online, and distance education.

Varsity College has many academic and special interest student societies and many sporting programs; this program varies between campuses. The college runs many general sports clubs including rugby, action soccer, golf, Waterpolo, basketball, and hockey.

The college runs its activities around eight campuses in South Africa which includes: Cape Town, Durban North, Durban Westville, Pretoria, Midrand, Sandton, Pietermaritzburg, and Port Elizabeth. It also has four faculties namely Faculty of Commerce, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Information and Communications Technology, and Faculty of Social Sciences.

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Foundation for Professional Development

The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) founded in October 1997 by the South African Medical Association and has over 400,000 students. The South African Private Institution of Higher Education is one of the largest private higher education facility that provides affordable education to postgraduate students and free HIV testing to South Africans since 2004. The institution is also the largest self-funding Helth Sector education provider in Africa.

FPD was founded to train skilled professionals, allied workers and managers who will be able to deliver affordable service to the public, evidence-based and congruent with international best practice. The institution was accredited by the Council for Higher Education (CHE) and other professional accreditation bodies to offer quality academic programs. However, it has only one campus, which is located at Pretoria.

Furthermore, FPD many professional courses through its six (6) schools. The schools are Business School, School of Health Sciences, School of Education, Nursing School, School of Occupational Health, and School of Information Technology. The FPD also offers many free courses and e-learning platform to its students.

Monash South Africa

Monash University South Africa (MSA) is once a branch campus of Monash University, Australia before it was sold to IIE in 2019. Since 2019  it was sold to IIE, MSA became a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) and is now IIE MSA. This private university is located in Ruimsig, which is 25 km north-west of central Johannesburg, South Africa and it has over 4,000 students from over 50 African countries.

MSA offers Certificate and Diploma, and Foundation degrees to students, it also offers an undergraduate degree, postgraduate degrees, and IIE MSA Executive program. Monash South Africa offers IIE Accredited programs which are recognized internationally by the British Accreditation Council.

Moreso, IIE MSA offers its academic programs in the following faculties: Faculty of Business, Engineering and Technology, and its Faculty of Social and Health Sciences.

Pearson Institute of Higher Education

Pearson Institute of Higher Education (PIHE) formally Midrand Graduate Institute until 2019 when Pearson Education became totally independent. The institution gives an opportunity to students to shape their own future with programmes led by the latest knowledge and industry trends. The institution work towards creating an adequate environment that prepares the student for the rapidly changing world.

The Pearson Institute of Higher Education has twelve campuses across South Africa to give students the opportunity to study anywhere they like. The campuses are located in Bedfordview, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Durbanville, East London, Midrand, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth, Potchefstroom, Pretoria, and Vanderbijlpark.

They offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the following faculties; Applied Science, Commerce, Law, Humanities, and Foundation Programmes. It also offers Online Part-Time programs for students.

CTU Training Solutions

CTU Training Solution was established in 1987 and specialized in providing Industry Relevant skills for professionals. The institution consists of four distinct division: a corporate which is dedicated to providing corporate training and development solution for students; a career division that provides full time and part-time training for school leavers or career changers, Cloud Campus and recruiter division.

CTU is accredited by The Media, Information, and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA). The college has 14 campuses across South Africa and is located in Gauteng, Free State, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, North West, Kwazulu Natal, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga. Additionally, CTU offers its full-time programs in the following faculties: IT, Design, Business, Engineering, and Humanities.

Cornerstone Institute

This university was established in 1970 as a private not-for-profit Higher Institution in South Africa. Since the institution establishment, it has been providing quality degree and certificate programs for students which makes it one of the best private universities in South Africa. The university courses are accredited by the Council of Higher Education.

The institution made learning accessible to students through several learning communities in Johannesburg, Hatfield, Mbombela, Witbank, Eastern Cape, Hermanus, Helderberg, Plettenberg Bay, and George with its main campus in Cape Town. Cornerstone Institute offers the following programs: postgraduate degree and certificate, undergraduate degree, higher certificate, and short course certificate. They offer certificates in Business Studies, Media Studies, Education, Psychology, and Sociology/Community Development Departments. The department of Ethics, Philosophy, Religious Studies Core/Theology are also in the institute as well as some programs online.

Helderberg College of Higher Education

Helderberg College of Higher Education (HCHE) is the first college established by Seventh-day-Adventist Church outside North America. The college is the oldest college in the history of South Africa, it offers rich and quality education programs for students.

The college programs are accredited by the Council on Higher Education. Despite that Helderberg College has a Christian origin but its not a Christian College. It operates under three faculties and they are Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business, and Faculty of Theology; it offers Bachelor’s Diploma and Higher Certificate programs.

Vega School

Vega School is also an IIE owned college of higher education in South Africa, it starts operating in 1999. The school programs have accreditation with the British Accreditation Council and also accredited by IIE. This makes it one of the best private colleges in South Africa and it also has international recognition.

It has four campuses located in Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, and Johannesburg. Moreso, Vega offers undergraduate programs, postgraduate programs, workshops, and short courses that focused on arts and design, business administration, and marketing. Vegas motor is “Design.Brand.Business.”

Qualitas Career Academy

Qualitas Career Academy began its operation in 2008 and has accreditation with UMALUSI, Services Sectoral Education & Training Authority (SSETA) and MICT SETA. The institution is one of the best institutions of study in South Africa.

Qualitas offers undergraduate degrees and certificate programs in the following; Business & Technology Academy, Hair Academy, Health Academy, School of Architectural Draughtsmanship and Construction, and Wellness Academy. It offers full-time and part-time programs, where the full-time program is for a college degree and part-time for certificate.

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