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Gauteng Universities

Gauteng universities

There are 21 universities in South Africa, all of whom are subsidised by the government but are autonomous and report to their own councils. Out of the 21, six are in Gauteng and offer maths-, science- and technology-related courses.

Tshwane University of Technology

The Tshwane University of Technology incorporates the former Northern Gauteng, North West and Pretoria technikons. It offers masters and doctoral programmes in addition to degrees, certificates and diplomas. It is situated in Pretoria and offers programmes in engineering, science, information and communication sciences and economics and finance, all of which incorporate maths, science and technology.

University of Johannesburg

The University of Johannesburg incorporates the former Rand Afrikaans University, Technikon Witwatersrand and the former Vista University's Johannesburg campuses. The University has four campuses – the Auckland Park Kingsway campus, Auckland Park Bunting Road campus, Doornfontein campus and Soweto campus. All campuses are situated in Gauteng and individually offer different courses that incorporate maths, science and technology.

University of Pretoria

The University of Pretoria, established in 1930, is one of South Africa's largest universities, with almost 40 000 students, including over 2 000 international students from 60 countries. The university's Gordon Institute of Business Science, established in Johannesburg in 2000, has already earned an international reputation, while its faculty of veterinary science at Onderstepoort is the only one of its kind in South Africa.

University of South Africa

Unisa is one of the largest distance-learning universities in the world, made larger by the recent incorporation of the former Technikon South Africa and Vista University's distance education division. Based in Pretoria, it offers distance education programmes, both academic and technical, to students across the country, the region and the world.

Within Unisa is the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. The College is home to the School of Science with four departments, the School of Engineering with three departments and the School of Computing. Degrees ranging from BSc to Doctoral degree level are offered through an open distance learning model.

University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

Wits is a leading South African university and one of the best in Africa. Based in Johannesburg, it is one of the country's leading research institutions and offers degrees in the faculties of engineering and the built environment, humanities, health sciences, science and commerce.

Vaal University of Technology

The Vaal University of Technology has around 17 000 students spread across its main campus in Vanderbijlpark, 60km south-west of Johannesburg, and four satellite campuses in Secunda, Kempton Park, Klerksdorp and Upington. The university offers courses in the fields of Applied and Computer Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Human Sciences and Management Sciences.

Although there are other colleges in the province that offer maths, science and technology curriculums, these six have government subsidisation which makes it easier for school leaving learners to enter these institutions because of the lower fees compared to private institutions.

<August 2017>