By Dr Nico Jooste and Mr Cornelius Hagenmeier (University of the Free State) – African Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (AfriC)
This article argues that the South African Higher Education system can be characterised as a regional Higher Education internationalisation hub. Presently, it is transforming from a hub for undergraduate education into that of postgraduate education, and more specifically, doctoral education. From the day the country attained its democracy until 2011, it gained increasing prominence for undergraduate university education. In 2012, the sector saw the beginning of the slow decline in undergraduate student numbers and the increase in postgraduate student numbers, with these numbers gaining significant growth over the years, particularly in doctoral student numbers. This also resulted in the steady growth of the overall number of international students in South Africa. A new method of data evaluation allowed the authors to dissect the international student data utilising various indicators, including the level of study.
A new method of data evaluation allowed the authors to dissect the international student data utilising various indicators, including the level of study.