Damelin College offers alternative to students turned away by universities

JANUARY 12, 2017

Matriculants across the country are in high spirits as they celebrate the achievement of passing matric and crossing the threshold from secondary to tertiary education.  For students who have worked hard to obtain their Bachelor’s pass, but have nowhere to study, now is a time of self-reflection to evaluate your options and begin to find a solution.

 

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, announced last week that the matric pass rate for 2016 was 72.5%, up from a previous figure of 70.7% in 2015, with more than 151 000 matriculants qualifying for bachelor’s study.  

With a total of 158,160 distinctions achieved in the 2016 matric year, now begins the rigorous process of higher education selection and admittance to give students optimal advantage in the career and employment landscape.

The approximate 200 000 spaces available at universities for new students however, are not sufficient to meet the numbers that qualify for placement.  Universities South Africa CEO, Professor Ahmed Bawa said: “Not every student that graduates with a bachelor’s pass will go to university, and there are simply not enough places at university.  Nevertheless, there are other opportunities that students can take up.”

Fortunately for these students there is an alternate option. Private higher education institutions offer the same opportunities as universities, so there is still hope to get that degree, diploma or higher diploma that will help you change your life.

According to statistics released by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in March 2015, the number of students enrolled at private higher education institutions significantly increased from 103 036 in 2011 to 119 941 in 2013.  Among the three most popular private colleges in South Africa are Damelin, Rosebank College and Boston City campus.

The current education landscape provides various opportunities for you to explore alternative types of studying.  As one of the most popular colleges in South Africa, and as a leading private education brand, Damelin has 17 campuses ideally positioned in every major hub countrywide. 

These include three in KwaZulu-Natal, nine in Gauteng, two in the Eastern Cape, two in the Western Cape and one in the Free State.  Damelin is registered with the DHET as a Private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act of 1997, and accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE).  The brand has thus earned its title of market leader for academic innovation and quality in the minds of students and corporate businesses.

Professor Henriette Hay-Swemmer, Group Chief Academic Officer of Educor, the holding company of Damelin said: “We are very excited for the class of 2016 and advise parents to look at the job market carefully when deciding on a higher education institution.  It is important that parents try and understand which kind of education will provide the best opportunity of getting into the job market with a competitive edge.” 

Damelin offers university-equivalent degrees, diplomas and higher diplomas as well as a selection of full-time and part-time programmes across various faculties.  Students can choose to study from a range of accredited courses such as, Creative Arts, Commerce, Leisure and Information Technology, Management Science and Communication. 

“In 2007, Damelin aligned their qualifications with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and by 2008, Damelin was offering more than 200 NQF aligned and accredited programmes. We are also currently in the implementation phase of introducing 10 new degrees to be rolled out by 2018, so that students can have the same extensive variety as a university”, said Prof. Hay-Swemmer.

Now that you have learnt that there are other credible options out there for you to choose, do not be discouraged. Seek an accredited private higher education college today. 

For further information on Damelin visit: www.damelin.co.za or call: 0860 532 887.